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Diverse Career Program at Hazel Avenue Elementary Inspires Students to Pursue Their Passions

WEST ORANGE, NJ - During the month of March, Hazel Elementary students in Grades 3-5 had a unique opportunity to learn about different types of careers, thanks to an innovative program developed by Guidance Counselor Delisa Jackson.

Jackson conducted class sessions about careers and students created their own resumes, recording what they'd like to be when they grow up as a keepsake.

From March 28-31, staff and students celebrated careers with a special Spirit Week, with staff wearing their college shirts and students donning Hazel tees to underscore the importance of education. Wednesday was “dress up for a job interview” day, Thursday was Pajama Day, to “chase your dreams, and dream big,” and Friday was “dress up as the career you want to have.” 20 presenters also shared their careers on March 31.

Presenters included:

  • Sailor
  • Sales Consultant for Honda
  • Geographer and Climatologist
  • Visuals Editor for Conde Nast
  • Architect for Kohn, Pederson, and Fox
  • Director of JSDD WAE Center
  • Chef and restaurant owner
  • Registered Nurse
  • Retired Principal
  • Marketing/Former News Reporter
  • Nurse Practitioner at One Primary Medical Care
  • Published writer/author
  • Showrunner and Director
  • Architect - Senior Associate at Deborah Berhe Partners
  • Leilo's Sweet Shop - Bakery
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Human Resources/Recruiting for Bank of America
  • Assistant US Attorney
  • State Trooper
  • Actor/Writer/Rapper/Producer

Students loved the career program. It provided students with an excellent opportunity to learn about various career options and understand the importance of education in achieving their goals. By exposing students to a diverse range of careers, the program encouraged them to pursue their passions and consider careers they may not have previously considered.  









Cynthia Cumming
April 4, 2023