Sixth-graders at Biddeford Middle School are joined by Mayor Alan Casavant during the school's annual Career Day event on Monday. More than 80 students listened to guest presenters like the mayor talk about their career choices and occupations. ED PIERCE/Journal Tribune

Sixth-graders at Biddeford Middle School are joined by Mayor Alan Casavant during the school’s annual Career Day event on Monday. More than 80 students listened to guest presenters like the mayor talk about their career choices and occupations. ED PIERCE/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — Careers are really about personal choices that one makes and each choice made is a significant step to the rest of our lives.

For two hours on Monday, Biddeford Middle School students listened as a number of local professionals discussed their career choices and exeperiences and what it is that they do on a daily basis.

BMS sixth-graders were able to choose from four rotating half-hour presentations to attend and the information they received could be used to help them identify which occupations were of interest to them and which were not. 

Students were able to hear from Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant about the career choices he’s made and what it’s like to run a restaurant business from Stacy Cooper of Biscuits and Company of Biddeford.

Representatives from the Animal Welfare Society, the Journal Tribune and a hopsice nurse also were on hand to talk about their professions and what lured them to their occupations.

“I enjoyed it,” Casavant said. “I enjoy listening to young kids and to give them a little food for thought and tell them what we are doing right now is for them in the future.”

Cooper said she liked the interaction with the students and she also brought an assortment of freshly made biscuits for them to sample.

Two members of the Animal Welfare Society also were a big hit at the event and brought along guinea pigs to show to the students.

Casavant asked students what they liked about the city and what they disliked and feedback he received was positive about the recent WinterFest.

A number of students also told the mayor that they liked visiting downtown shops in Biddeford for treats on Halloween and another said he enjoyed eating at downtown restaurants.

The school career day has become an annual tradition at Biddeford Middle School and was coordinated again this year by Liz LeBlanc, a Sixth-Grade English Language Arts teacher at BMS.

She said she was pleased that so many students chose to participate and the intention of Career Day is to give students insight into possible career paths in the future.

“We’re grateful to have this year’s group of presenters come and visit with the students,” LeBlanc said. “Hopefully the students learned something useful from this experience.” 

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535, ext. 326, or by email at [email protected]


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