WEST ORANGE, NJ - Hazel Avenue School hosted its first school-wide career day program this past Wednesday. A host of parents and volunteer from area business owners from the Valley came together to inform the students their career and the type of duties you perform in order to be successful.

Several important volunteers included Hazel parents, Jennifer Wasky, a fitness trainer, Tony McCoy from Lime Energy, Alex DeRonde, a non-lawyer advocate, and Kevin Bolen, a West Orange Police officer, and Mike Brick from the West Orange Energy Commission. Dr. Lees, a dentist and father of our PTA President, Lisa Lees was instrumental in showing the kids the type of things needed to be successful as a Dentist. Vincent Mazzarini of Mazzi Dogs and Susan Hoffberg, owner of Suzy Que’s gave the students a behind the scenes look into how to run a restaurant.

The highlight of the day came when the entire 4th grade class assembled into the gym to hear Mayor Robert Parisi. He, along with the help of 3 volunteer 4th graders told them the importance of local government in running the town of West Orange.

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After his discussion, the kids remained in the gym to hear about the different dimensions of acting and were serenaded by Erick Buckley from the Luna Stage.

Keith Dent, Erica Branch-Ridley and Jennifer Rodgers, chairpersons of this event all agreed, “This was a spectacular event and we are looking forward to making it better next year.”

Parisi summed up the event by saying "Interacting with the students on a such personal level is actually a great learning experience for me. They are so inquisitive and I enjoy hearing their thoughts and opinions because they are the future of our town.”