To culminate their learning about college and career readiness, Wood Elementary students attended a career fair on March 28 that was organized by Shawna Brake, school counselor. 

The Career Fair was an opportunity for the students to meet community stakeholders that work in each of the six career paths – health path, building and fixing path, helping path, nature path, business path and creative path.  

Todd Bailey and DawnElyn Schnieder from Central Ozarks Medical Center represented the health career path. SGT Cluff, SPC Mackiewicz, and SPC Wiley of the 763rd EOD represented the building and fixing career path. Mayor Luge Hardman of Waynesville; Janel Rowell, general manager of the Comfort Inn; Michelle Beckley, director of training of the Fort Wood Hotels; Investigator Desch, Investigator Avens, Investigator Mashburn, SSG Brown and SGT Felder of the Military Police (DES) were all in attendance to represent the versatility of the Helping Career Path. Two representatives from Best Friends Animal Hospital and Mike Mitchell, fisheries administrative manager for the Missouri Department of Conservation helped represent the nature career path. Mike Dunbar of Security Bank represented the business career path and Charley Joe Kallman of KFLW 98.9 ‘The Fort’ represented the creative career path.

Student representatives in grades 3-5 helped lead and present each of the career paths to the student body. 

“The staff and students of Wood Elementary are very appreciative of the continued support from our community and the military at Fort Leonard Wood,” said Wood Principal Melanie Mitchell. “The students had so much fun.”