“RED Day has been about providing access to new and engaging activities for our intermediate students”
Roan School recently hosted its third annual RED (Roan's Exploration Discovery) Day. Students from the third, fourth and fifth grade took part in a non-traditional classroom experience by learning about different subjects.
Since its establishment, RED Day has been dedicated to introducing new and intriguing activities for the students to participate in that goes beyond their daily academics.
"RED Day has been about providing access to new and engaging activities for our intermediate students" said Amy Sherman, media specialist at Roan School.
This year's RED Day focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Each session aims to help students become familiar with academic vocabulary, content standards and experiential learning.
The students had the opportunity to choose from 23 sessions to learn about a variety of different things. Some of the sessions included playing math games in the media center, learning how to 3D print, participating art classes, experiencing virtual reality goggles and even learning how to solve a crime scene.
Shaw Industries helped provide four of the sessions, including the keynote speaker Brian Cooksey, director of workforce development at Shaw Industries. Cooksey spoke about the distinct career pathways that exist within the company.
In the future, students have the option to pursue careers as engineers, industrial maintenance technicians, lift truck operators, designers, customer service specialists, managers and much more.
"Almost any job you can dream of exists at a company like Shaw," Cooksey said. "The jobs we have today will be different from the jobs we have 10 years from now. Think about what you enjoy doing and what inspires you because chances are there will be a job at Shaw that fits that opportunity for you."
Cooksey gave the students three key points for future success. His three points were communication, innovation and collaboration.
"If you're in a team, in the community, at school or in a career these things are valuable to help you be successful no matter what you're looking to do in life," Cooksey said.
Roan School Principal Cindy Parrott said the third annual RED Day was a great success.
"We appreciate the partnership with Shaw and DPS staff for the introduction to world class learning opportunities," Parrott said. "Students loved to move freely throughout the day to choose sessions of interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. We want our students to know that it is never too early to begin thinking about their future career, and to always believe that they can accomplish anything in life with preparation."