West Manor Elementary shows students career opportunities

Dozens of professionals came out to Career Day at West Manor Elementary School on Wednesday. The school-wide event featured Andra Grier, West Manor parent and co-owner of Grier Brothers Enterprises and Sand Gravel Suppliers. Grier brought his dump truck for students to observe and admire. Before he left the building he reminded the students, “Hit the books – that’s what it’s all about.”

Another welcome guest was Arie Michel, actress and sister of R&B singer Bobby Valentino.  The West Manor parent acknowledged that everyone has dreams, and there are a variety of ways to reach them. “Find someone that’s doing what you want to do now,” said Michel. However, she did talk with students who wre still uncertain about what career is right for them. “There are so many jobs that I didn’t know about,” she told them. “I encourage you to step outside your circle and surround yourself with people you want to be like.”

Other Career Day participants included Dr. Margarett Wilson, a physician in Grady Hospital’s Employee Health Services and inventor of the “Snazzy Napper,” a sleep shield blanket for travelers.  Dr. Wilson is also the mother of Arie Michel and Bobby Valentino. Also in attendance were Atlanta Police Department Mountain Patrol officers P. Towns and W.P. McReady; Desmond Fannin, executive chef of Sodexo-Jackmont; and Kimberly Willis Green, manager of public relations and special events for Atlanta Public Schools.

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