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Roanoke Valley Chamber Hosts Groundhog Day

WHAT: Groundhog Day (or Career Day) is the middle school job shadowing program of the Roanoke Valley Business-Education-Partnership. Participating students experienced part of a day "shadowing" a particular person, department or business. Ninety-six eighth graders from eight middle schools participated.

WHY: Shadowing provides a broad overview of all aspects of a worksite by allowing students to follow one or more persons on the job. More than 40 businesses and agencies such as the RR Police and Fire Departments, attorneys, Halifax County Court System, DSS, HRMC, realtors, restaurants, the Daily Herald, WZRU, and more.

WHO: A partnership representing local businesses throughout the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, Halifax Community College and the public school districts of Halifax, Northampton, Roanoke Rapids and Weldon.

WHEN: THURSDAY, February 8, 2007 (Make-up day from Snow))

9:00 am until 1pm

WHERE: Businesses across the Roanoke Valley. Began at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center and ended with pizza lunch.

Kenneth Harris of the HCC Cosmetology Department hosted a large group of Groundhog Day students. Pictured here, working on a mannequin, are Quanica Silver, Destiny Macon, and Deoceolina Pitts - all of Eastman Middle School with Mr. Harris.


Samanthea Whitaker (front) of Brawley Middle School and Jalen Thornton of William R. Davie Middle School job shadowed in the Advertising & Graphic Design Department with Gloria Tysinger (standing), head of the department. Here, the students check out some of the latest technology in the graphic design.