LA GRANGE – This month, the La Grange School District 105 Board of Education and the Parent Involvement Committee will join together to host the first Career Festival.
The festival was originally designed for fifth- through eighth-grade students and their parents, but now, it also will be open to siblings of students in the district.
“As we were shaping this up, we realized the insights could really be applicable for kids already in high school or college as well,” said Kris Lonsway, a member of the board and PIC committee.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 23, the event will kick off with a 20 minute presentation and Q & A session before allowing participants to explore the festival.
Lonsway said the presentation will be given by a career counseling expert and an entrepreneurship expert.
Different careers represented will be in line with the National Career Cluster, according to Lonsway. The cluster includes architecture, construction, business management, health science, law and more.
The Career Festival – held at Gurrie Middle School, 1001 S. Spring Ave. – will help promote lifelong learning, Lonsway said.
“We don’t feel we’re trying to push our students into one path,” Lonsway said. “We want people to be college and career ready.”
Lonsway said the event also will have headsets and an interpreter available for families whose first language isn’t English.
Babysitting for children between 4 years old and fourth grade also will be available during the event, along with transportation to and from for those who need it, according to Deb Tyrrell, chairwoman of the committee.
Tyrrell said District 105 and the PIC committee has had the festival in the works since August and added the committee’s main goal is to work with students, parents and the community to promote student growth and success.
“The younger you can expose children to the opportunities that are out there, [the more] you can motivate them to follow their own interests and dreams,” Tyrrell said.