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Making A Difference: Teacher Hopes To Broaden Students’ Horizons

Posted at 6:32 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 18:32:44-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)–Not all children are aware of all the possibilities that are out there for them. So a Lexington teacher is working to change that, one elementary student at a time.

On Friday, kids at William Wells Brown Elementary School attended the career day event organized by teacher Jackie Branham.

“They get real excited because they get to dress up,” said Branham.

Branham does it to inspire children, many of whom come from low-income families.

“Some of them, their biggest goal was to work at McDonald’s or work at the mall,” she said.

She says that year after year, she watches the children’s goals change.

“They want to be doctors, nurses, because of something they saw here,” she said.

The children get to shake hands with a police officer, talk with their city councilor,  and even hold a dead snake. They get to explore things like the culinary arts, extermination, and even veterinary pathology.

“It’s kind of an inspiration for the people who wants to do what they go, because like, we can see what they do,” said Davon Williams, a fifth-grade student.

Branham said that she hopes the experience helps the students think bigger than inside the school and even inside Lexington.