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Students Connect With Conservation at Clift Middle School Career Day 

Students Connect With Conservation at Clift Middle School Career Day

Story by Randall Henry

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is helping students of all ages connect with conservation, and to understand the value of a fulfilling job working with landowners and producers. More than 500 enthusiastic 6th graders from Clift Middle School in Waxahachie, Texas, found that out when visiting the NRCS booth during their career day on March 10, 2011.

The student�s goals for the career day were to identify companies and careers that might be of interest to them, and then interview at least three professionals in selected fields and document their responses. NRCS was invited to participate for the agricultural profession, and speak to the students about conservation in Texas and the career opportunities with the agency.

�These students came very prepared with good questions to ask all the presenters here at this annual career day,� said Tom Clark, NRCS soil conservationist in Ellis County. �It was a great opportunity when the students asked about careers in conservation, and what NRCS was all about. They had to do this for their social studies class, and it really got them thinking outside the box.�

The annual career day at Clift Middle School had 33 different career fields represented by 62 professionals, and was organized by Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) members Marla Lyle, Melissa Starnater, and Debbie Durling.

�Career day is an annual event at Clift Middle School, and this has been one of the largest events in recent years with incredible community support,� said Marla Lyle, lead member for the PTO in Waxahachie. �We hope to have future career fairs at the junior high level to continue this important lesson for our students at the Waxahachie Independent School District.�

Tom Clark and Students

Clift Middle School Career Day

While two students from Clift Middle School in Waxahachie, left, record their answers while interviewing Tom Clark, right, NRCS soil conservationist in Ellis County, they both get a keen insight about careers in conservation with NRCS. The annual career day was held on March 10, 2011, and had more than 500 students from the 6th grade attending the event.

Clift Middle School Career Day on March 10th was a real success for 6th grade students having the opportunity to interview more than 62 professionals in 33 career fields, including NRCS for careers in conservation. Among the presenters were medical, financial, military, municipal, county, state, and private sector professionals representing their company or service.