Fifth graders from schools across the county congregated at Shelby City Park to learn more about careers Wednesday.

"It's great to learn more about what you want to be when you grow up," said Isaac Hoyle from Township 3 Elementary. 

Hoyle, along with his friends Javier Sanchez, Cole Alvarez and Adain Crist, spent the morning exploring dozens of different careers. They learned more about jobs they were already familiar with and discovered new jobs they didn't know existed. 

"There's a lot of people and a lot of jobs," Sanchez said.

The most popular booths were the traditional firefighters and law enforcement, but others like baking and funeral director were popular. 

A pigmy goat brought in by Crest FFA was also a hit.

Approximately 1,200 students walked around the gym in groups and asked professionals questions that they prepared before coming to the three-hour event, ranging from "What is your favorite thing about your job?" to "How much do you make as a starting salary?"

Many of the industries caught children's attention with brightly colored displays and interactive demonstrations of what some jobs entail. A construction company brought in a small area where the children learned to lay brick and mortar. The baker brought colorful icing for kids to tackle the art of piping, and students learned about how to make a 911 call with a D.A.R.E. officer.

"This has been amazing," said Sabrina White from Springmore Elementary.


Joyce Orlando can be reached at 704-669-3341 or find her on Twitter @Star_J_Orlando.