CAREER DAYS are common at schools, but Freetown Elementary has managed to turn an ordinary event into something special. Its Career Awareness Day 2000 will introduce pupils to jobs ranging from firefighter to attorney through presentations and demonstrations.
Following the theme "Careers in Action," the school will have 20 presentations Friday.
"In the past, we've had speakers come in and talk about their jobs," said Carolyn Crawley, Freetown guidance counselor. "This year, students will see a little about what the career is like. Children this age need a visual."
Coordinated largely by the school secretary, Linda Yirka, the day will include a variety of demonstrations.
The county sheriff's department will put its police dogs through their paces. A U.S. Army signal unit will demonstrate equipment. A technician from a local cable company will ride on a cherry picker and run cable from the pole down to a television, showing pupils how signals come into their homes.
A police detective will teach pupils how to obtain fingerprints, and a nurse will demonstrate taking blood pressure. The county police SWAT team will allow pupils to try on its equipment. Fire engines and trucks from the Department of Public Works will be set up for demonstrations on the parking lot.
Two speakers will help break the stereotypical gender gap.
"We have a chef who is a man, and a sport coach who is a woman," Crawley said. "Children this age often have perceptions of jobs related to gender. We want them to know that it doesn't matter if you are a boy or a girl -- you just have to have initiative to be successful."
County Executive Janet S. Owens will be the featured speaker.
Other visitors will include Naval Academy midshipmen, a postal worker and a computer technician.
"What wonderful exposure this gives our students," Crawley said. "It's giving them a goal to set. Some of the jobs require college, and some do not. As long as you go forward, you can't help but be successful."
The school has been having career days for the past six or seven years, and the annual event continues to grow.
Because of the large number of presenters, the school will be unable to accommodate parents or siblings of pupils.
Information: Carolyn Crawley at 410-222-6900.
Craft fair and flea market
Pets on Wheels and Life Enrichment, on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, will sponsor a flea market and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the Elks Lodge on Truck House Road in Severna Park.
Space rental is $10 (table not included) or $15 (table included). Proceeds benefit the organization, which recruits and trains volunteers to visit in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted-living centers throughout Anne Arundel County.
The nonprofit organization is supported by a county grant, donations and fund-raisers. Information on space rentals: 410-222-0738.
Retiree groups meet
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees' Glen Burnie chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Denise Papathakis of the Maryland Public Service Commission will explain the deregulation of electricity and what it means to consumers.
The agenda will also include election of officers for 2000-2001. Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited to attend, and new memberships will be accepted.
Information: Stanley Jacobs at 410-969-5980.
The Glen Burnie chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet Monday at the improvement association building at 19 Crain Highway.
Social hour with refreshments will begin at noon, with the business meeting at 1 p.m. Guest speaker Theresa Girolami, herbalist and licensed acupuncturist, will talk about herb and medicine interaction. She will answer questions about acupuncture.
Members should bring a nonperishable food item for the North County Emergency Outreach Network.
Applications for membership in the local chapter and national organization will be available at the meeting.
Information: Betty Harris at 410-766-2368.
The AARP chapter's flea market, canceled last month, has been rescheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13 at the improvement association. Proceeds benefit local charities.