GLASGOW — “When did you decide you wanted to become a musician?” asked Greg Martin, of the Kentucky Headhunters, during a conversation he had with Highland Elementary School student Alshon Price as part of Kindergarten Career Day on Friday at HES.
“I just know it in my heart,” Price said with a smile.
The kindergartner strummed on Martin’s acoustic guitar as the professional musician watched his every move.
“He has got groove,” Martin said of Price. “And he has got the desire to play music.
“I believe this kid has been called to play music. At such a young age, he’s 5 years old, and he’s already showing aspirations to do that. So it’s a pleasure just to pass it on. It’s just great seeing kids like Alshon want to play music.”
Price and other students chose a career they were interested in, and they were able to interact with professionals in those particular fields.
“Our Kindergarten Career Day here at Highland is all about allowing the students to speak one-on-one and work one-on-one with guests from our community,” HES kindergarten teacher Amy Morgan said. “They get to learn about what they want to be when they grow up, and they get a lot of individual attention. We have all kinds of careers here today from a musician, to a mom, to the military, postal worker, park ranger, model — just anything you can think of.”
Morgan said the kids have been so excited about this event all week, and that they have been reading books and writing about their chosen careers, “and now they’re getting to see it firsthand.”
“(The) most-rewarding part for me is seeing their smiles,” Morgan said. “Not just from the kids, but also from the community members. It’s pretty neat. It’s special because they get that personal experience. They get that one-on-one time. They get to ask whatever questions they want to ask.”
Dr. William Thornbury spoke to several students who are interested in becoming doctors.
“My favorite part about career day today was seeing what our future is going to be like,” said Thornbury, who also serves as a member on the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education. “Every child has strengths, and our school system tries to identify those strengths and nurture them so that they can become talents — and these talents can become skills and skills become a job.
“There’s a job and role for everybody, and what I saw at career day is just the great breadth of opportunity that we have, and how the children seem to understand that every part of the community and every role in the community is important.”
Thornbury said the students were “extremely courteous” and had “wonderful questions.”
“They were inquisitive,” he said. “And from my field in medicine, it just gives me hope and excitement about the future that we’ll have new physicians with even greater promise than we have now.
“They’ll have devices that we don’t have. Medicine will look completely different in the future than it does today, and these are the people who are going to lead that, and that’s the exciting part.”