Air Force Staff Sgt. Miriam Y. Jarvis, customer service NCO in charge from the 175th Force Support Squadron, spoke to pre-kindergarten and first grade students June 6, 2017, for career day at Oliver Beach Elementary School, Chase, Maryland.
Jarvis spoke to several classes, including her daughter’s class, about her career with the Air National Guard, what the ANG and military does, and answered questions from students.
Having the ANG present for career day makes students aware of the opportunities they have to serve our country one day, said Sheryl Stewart, Oliver Beach Elementary School counselor and career day co-organizer.
However, it’s important to understand the difference between branches and even between active-duty military and traditional guard, said Jarvis.
“The beauty of the guard is that we put on our uniform every day, but at night we are the person in the checkout line behind these kids at the grocery store,” said Jarvis. “I wanted them to know that we’re the good guys protecting great people. I want the kids to feel comfortable around our military members and know that it is okay to talk to us and ask us questions.”
Career day is an opportunity for students to consider careers that they may be interested in or good at, said Steward. Students at this age are curious and open-minded and this is why an exciting event, like career day, has such a huge impact on children.
“We wanted the students to consider how their education is preparing them for their future,” said Stewart. “As the students listen to individuals speak about their careers, it gives them exposure to a wide variety of careers.”