On Oct. 24, Newton High School students didn’t have a typical school day. They loaded onto buses and went out into the community to learn more about Newton and the surrounding areas while exploring different career paths. Students went to a variety of different places including Millennium Machine, Excel Industries, the nursing department at Bethel College and the department of public works. Once they returned, students were able to continue their career exploration by hearing from Newton High graduates about their own career paths.

Students also learned the value of helping others as they worked on different service projects for the community. These activities ranged from creating fleece blankets to making public service announcements about issues impacting local teens. One project included making dog treats and toys for the animals at Caring Hands Humane Society and unfolding newspapers for their kennels.

“It makes me feel like our school is giving back,” said NHS student Chandlor Buffalo. “The city has helped us so much. It feels good to give back.”

Students also had the opportunity to hear from best-selling author and President and CEO of Project Lead the Way Dr. Vince Bertram. During his presentation, Dr. Bertram spoke about thinking about the possibilities and dreaming differently. His goal was to inspire students to think about their futures.

In the evening, the community was invited to the Building Bridges event where they learned more about Newton High School’s CTE program, networked and enjoyed a free meal catered by Flint Hills Technical College and Newton High School culinary classes.