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Easton Kids Consider Careers

Vanessa Loo, a fifth-grader at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

"I wanted to be a toy-maker that makes Barbie dolls. I also wanted to be a farmer and imaginary things like a princess," she said.

Vanessa, along with the others in Girl Scout Troop 31244, listened to five professionals talk about their work during a career workshop at the Easton Public Library on Thursday. The kids, in grades 4 and up, heard from a lawyer, a farmer, a teacher, a child psychologist and an electronic engineer.

Many of the speakers had one thing in common – putting in long hours and bringing work home. Jodi Forte, a preschool teacher at the Easton Community Center, said she doesn't have papers to grade, but she cuts up paper for projects and prepares curriculum at home. Patty Popp, a farmer at Sport Hill Farm, said her job never ends and there aren't many days off.

Vanessa wasn't fazed by the extra college needed for a child psychologist and a business lawyer because she said she enjoys going to school.

The kids also heard how fun it is to teach younger students who love going to school. As an electronic engineer, no day is the same because technology is always changing. Being a farmer is a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating. Child psychology research can involve experiments that compare the choices and reactions of children of different ages.

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