Students in Europe learn adult skills during Job Shadow 2009
February 6, 2009
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Hundreds of students from military communities around Europe participated in Job Shadow 2009 on Thursday.
In many cases at Aviano Air Base, students even pitched in with the work.
The base’s military dining facility had five extra hands to help out in the kitchen. And Tech. Sgt. Sonya Braxton, the assistant dining facility manager, said in this case, too many cooks didn’t spoil the soup.
"It’s been great," she said. "They’ve been cooking, cleaning, baking …"
Kylie Fore, a ninth-grader who worked in the kitchen, wasn’t sure if she would want to work in the kitchen just yet.
"I would if we didn’t have to go to school," she said with a laugh.
Fore said she knows that’s not going to happen, though. And she’s not really considering a career in the field at this point.
"I like to cook," she said. "It’s a great skill to have in life."
A few blocks away, seventh-grader Adrianna Ellam was seeing an entirely different set of skills. She helped Stephanie Craft, a veterinarian, and Dani Wheeler, a veterinary technician, perform several surgeries on servicemembers’ furry friends.
"I want to be a vet when I grow up," she said. It was her third year shadowing someone at the vet clinic. She’s got two dogs and a turtle of her own in Italy. And more pets at her grandparents’ home in Croatia.
Craft called Ellam’s assistance "fabulous" and said more students were set to help out at the clinic later in the day.
Job Shadow events have been going on for more than a decade in the States. The Department of Defense Education Activity encouraged its schools to join the effort, and many schools did so on Monday. Since that was the day following the Super Bowl, U.S. Air Forces in Europe decided to participate on Thursday.
"The way the project is set up, Job Shadow Day can occur at any time of the year," said Margret Menzies, public affairs officer for DODDS-Europe.