Getting ready for their futures

Cappy’s Pizza owner Andy Morse (far left) talks to students about career opportunities at the Life Fair held at London Middle School on May 1. The Life Fair was part of London City Schools’ 3rd Annual Future Ready Day, a district-wide event.

(Posted May 6, 2024)

Photos by Pat Donahue, Staff Photographer

London City Schools hosted its 3rd Annual Future Ready Day on May 1. The day celebrates career readiness and awareness through immersive events on all three campuses.

At London Elementary, high school students guided third- and fourth-graders through hands-on activity stations. Activities included fingerprinting, making candy sushi, filming news segments, braiding hair, exploring fire fighting equipment, operating robots, petting farm animals, making butter, planting seeds, creating sidewalk art, learning Hispanic dances, participating in quiz bowl and e-sports, and learning about Ohio’s colleges through word searches and coloring pages.

London High School juniors Parker Ertel (left) and Sicily Kaufman (right) help London Elementary fourth-graders Cara Dahlberg (left) and Leah Johnson (right) try on fire fighting gear. Ertel and Kaufman are enrolled in the firefighting/EMS program at Tolles Career & Technical Center. They volunteered their time as part of “High Schoolers in the Hallways,” an interactive event that took place at the elementary school during the school district’s Future Ready Day.

“The High Schoolers in the Hallways” event at the elementary also included a video produced by high-schoolers. The video features school administrators, school staff members, and community partners reading Kevin Fleming’s award-winning book, “There’s a Hat for That: Exploring Careers that Fit You Best.”

The e-sports display was a big hit at the “High Schoolers in the Hallways” event at London Elementary School.

At London Middle School, a Life Fair provided students with insights into various pathways available during and after high school. More than 60 community members, businesses, post-secondary institutions, and high school organizations were represented at the fair. Students received color-coded maps tailored to their YouScience high career aptitudes and interests, enabling them to navigate the event strategically and connect with organizations aligning with their aspirations.

The grand finale of the day was the Senior Signing Day event at the high school. High schoolers, eighth-graders, fifth-graders, the families of graduating seniors, and local dignitaries attended. The celebratory event acknowledged each senior’s unique journey into employment, the Armed Services, or post-secondary education, culminating in an official “signing” ceremony that marked the beginning of their future paths.

London High School junior Ellen Moore (far left) introduces London Elementary students to the six ducks that are part of her FFA project. She was one of many high schoolers who volunteered to introduce younger students to programs they can join in high school and careers they can pursue after high school.
Ana Monterroso (far left) and Rachel Bishop (far right) of the London McDonald’s invite students to spin the McDonald’s prize wheel during London Middle School’s Life Fair.
London Elementary third-grader Charlie Newman is all smiles as London High School junior Trinity Mounts puts tinsel in Newman’s hair. Mounts is enrolled in the cosmetology program at Tolles Career & Technical Center. She helped other high schoolers introduce young students to potential career pathways during the school district’s Future Ready Fair.
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