Saturday, May 24, 2008

Career Day

Steven and I were recently invited to an elementary school in Mansfield, TX for their Career Day. When I was asked to do it, I thought...Surely they dont want me. I love me job and feel very blessed to work in the field that I work in; however it is an unusual job to most people. The coordinator assured us that they really wanted jobs in sports and felt that Steven and I fit the bill.

By the way... Steven works for FC Dallas, a professional soccer team here in Dallas. He is a Corporate Account Manager. I work for the National Spirit Group, which is the National Cheerleaders Association/National Dance Alliance corporate office as an Event Director.

Anyway, we were encouraged to bring small giveaways, videos, and speak for 20 minutes each class. We got there last Friday morning just in time to meet our 4th grade escort for the day. Mine was Noah and he was very helpful! I started to get very nervous about how to explain what it is that I do, whether the boys would hate hearing about cheerleading, and whether my gifts we acceptable.

After seing the Rocket Scientist, Lawyer, and Chick Fil A worker signing in, I was convinced this was a mistake. I had 7 3rd and 4th grade classes to speak to. BUT, I was so pleasantly surprised at the response I received with the first class, and they LOVED the back pack giveaways that I brought. The whole process was fun and Steven and I are looking forward to coming back next year.

My favorite part was the letters I recieved yesterday from some of the students. Here are my two favorite:

Dear Mrs. Nelson
Thank you for coming to Mary Jo Sheppard to show us what you do. Thanks for the backpacks and letting us watch the competition. I hope you win your next competition. I also hope we can see you next year.
Your friend,

Dear Mrs. Nelson
Thank you for coming to school and teaching us about your career of cheerleading. I liked it when you showed us about a couple of judges, I mean that was so cool! I also thought it was cool when you gave us free backpacks and stickers. Someday I hope to grow up and be just like you because you have the coolest career.

If that doesn't make ones day, I am not sure what would.

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