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Kylie Fore uses a large ladle to scoop out sauce for pepper steak into a pan held by Lucio Fedrigo. Hundreds of students around Europe participated in a job shadow day Thursday, watching adults perform their jobs.

Kylie Fore uses a large ladle to scoop out sauce for pepper steak into a pan held by Lucio Fedrigo. Hundreds of students around Europe participated in a job shadow day Thursday, watching adults perform their jobs. (Kent Harris / S&S)

Kylie Fore uses a large ladle to scoop out sauce for pepper steak into a pan held by Lucio Fedrigo. Hundreds of students around Europe participated in a job shadow day Thursday, watching adults perform their jobs.

Kylie Fore uses a large ladle to scoop out sauce for pepper steak into a pan held by Lucio Fedrigo. Hundreds of students around Europe participated in a job shadow day Thursday, watching adults perform their jobs. (Kent Harris / S&S)

Adrianna Ellam, a seventh-grader at Aviano Middle School, watches Stephanie Craft, center, and Dani Wheeler perform a surgery on Marty McFly the cat during a job shadow day on base.

Adrianna Ellam, a seventh-grader at Aviano Middle School, watches Stephanie Craft, center, and Dani Wheeler perform a surgery on Marty McFly the cat during a job shadow day on base. (Kent Harris / S&S)

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.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.
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