December 2019

On November 20, 2018, Homestead Elementary School, Aurora, IL, hosted its 8th annual Career Day in celebration of American Education Week.  The school had 27 speakers representing 21 different professions attend this event.  Some of the professions that were represented include attorney, dietitian, physical therapist, city alderman, engineer, police detective, teacher, acupuncturist, chiropractor, marketing/advertising, food scientist, geologist, athletic trainer, IT and land surveyor.

Ginger Michels, owner of A Touch of Ginger LLC, represented the acupuncturist profession. She talked about China and the history of acupuncture. Ginger described the training involved to become an acupuncturist, including the number of years she studied in school, the number of acupuncture points on the body she had to learn and the uses of Chinese herbs for healing. She spoke to the students about the types of issues that can be treated with acupuncture and demonstrated needling on herself. She emphasized to the students the importance of pursing a career that makes them happy.

Each speaker had the opportunity to present to four different classes of students and provided information about their education/training, what a day in the life of this position is like, and how their earlier education now applies to their career.  Speakers also included five Homestead alumni.  The alumni presented a panel discussion for all 4th and 5th grade students in order to provide insight into life after high school.

This event is a great example of the strong partnership Homestead shares with the community at large!