Students and their parents were able to meet with local FDNY and NYPD officials, as well as representatives from the healthcare, banking, insurance and media fields.
State Senator Joe Addabbo delivered a keynote at the event, and later fielded questions from the children regarding his own career in politics.
Pre-K For All Director William Ferguson, who organized the event, wanted to represent a variety of professions so the students could start thinking seriously about their future.
“This is a great opportunity for the students to see what’s out there, which can help them make decisions on where to go to high school and provide them with the education needed to get into a particular field,” Ferguson said.
Monica Pascutto, a supervising nurse for the Department of Education’s Office of School Health, wanted to attend the event to talk to the students about their goals, choices and interests.
“The beauty of nursing is that there are so many options for where you can work, from the hospital to schools to the police department to law and finance, and I just wanted them to know that and a lot of them were surprised,” Pascutto said. “We all come from different backgrounds and we all bring something different to the table.”