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Wednesday, February 2, 1994 Mercer Island Reporter Butcher, baker, candlestick maker: Kids & careers Lakeridge Career Day brings people into the classroom to talk about what they do By Breck Longstreth Mercer Island Reporter nside room 4 at Lakeridge Ele— mentary School, there were a lot of kids wearing shades. “He gave us these!” said one ebullient young fellow, adjusting the sun- glasses to fit his face. Third grader Laura Geggle emerged from the room and an- nounced to a friend in the hall, “That was totally awesome.” What was the source of such unbridled enthusiasm? Was it a circus, a carnival, a clown? Nope. It was Peter Dierickx, a.k.a. Chad’s dad, owner of an of- fice products company. He was among 40 volunteers who showed up last Thursday or Friday to tell students in grades K-5 about their careers. The project, Career Explora- tion Days, was put together by parent volunteers Suzanne Erick- son and Linda Todd, and was a big success. “It was great for the students to see the relevance of things they study in school every day,” said Todd. DOWN THE HALL, Bill Fritsch and two assistants from his advertising company handed out huge pads of paper and col- ored markers so groups of kids could collaborate on developing their own advertisements. “When I was in school, I daydreamed a lot. That’s a good sign, if you’re thinking of going into advertising: you think about the way things should be,” he told the children. But owning a company takes more than daydreaming, he point- ed out. “In college, I studied how Volunteers Here‘s a list of adults who spoke to students at Lakeridge El- ementary School about their ca- reers. Grades K-2: Dr. Kristen Gibson, dentist. Craig Hagstrom, Mercer Is- land Fire Department. Gary Feroglia, Mercer Island Park and Recreation director. Armetta Barden, Mercer Is- land Police Department. Joyce MacFarlane, Metro bus driver. ' Gary Odegard, landscape ar- chitect. Don Davidson, RABANCO re— cycling manager. Carolyn Ferrick, King County Solid Waste Division: recycling. to run a business,” he said. The importance of a college ed— ucation was stressed by Gary Schultz, too. He was one of the hairdressers who accompanied Keith Hedman, of Hedman’s Hair Salon, to Career Exploration Day. A college education gives you math, business, and people skills, he said. “This is absolutely the most wonderful thing. Next year I’m going to bring my video camera,” said teacher Nancy Kezner, as she watched Hedman, Schultz, and Gaye Roebuck french braid- ing and styling the hair of eager volunteers. ALASKA AIRLINES pilot Gerrit Bonnema held his audience captive as he told about flying through last year’s Inauguration Day wind storm. He pointed out how pilots need to know their math, to say nothing of their geog— raphy. Out in portable 2, Mike Loken used tennis balls to represent cells, and introduced his rapt au- dience to a laboratory guinea pig. “Most of my work involves dreaming up the questions we ask. There are other people who do the computer work, and the bi- ology. There are several different ways of having careers in the field of medical research,” he said. Linda J ackman, Mercer Island City Council member, took a break between sessions to reflect on the children’s reaction to her presentation. In asking the chil- dren their opinions about life on Mercer Island, she modeled the way a public servant elicits feed- back from her constituency. Musician Fred Radke plays the hose to demonstrate his horn blowing skills, Andrea Marchese while Lakeridge Elementary School 5th grader Jeslyn Miller tests the effect of putting her finger in the other end. Radke was one of 40 volunteers who talked to students about their careers during Career Exploration Days, Jan. 27-28. “I thought I might get ques- tions like, ‘My family lives on a private street, why doesn’t the city fix our potholes?’, but there were no complaints,” said Jack- man. “Most of their questions were about skateboarding, and they had lots of comments about our parks. They are afraid people are going to cut down our trees to build houses. They want to save every tree that ever was.” are the key to Career Day success Rick Corbett, owner of Mercer Island McDonald’s. Dr. Bob Thompson, physician. Grades Peter Dierickx, president, of- fice products company. 1 Gerrit Bonnema, airplane pi- ot. Jonathan Docter, magician. Mark Tolleshaug, Edmark Corporation: designing, testing, and distributing software. Allison Martz, bank manager for Mercer Island First Interstate Bank. I Bill Fritsch, owner, advertis- ing company. Janie Miller, Goodwill Litera- cy. 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