Students in service learning classes at Red Boilings Springs High School and Macon County High School were greeted by a trio of performers from NCTC and Citizens Bank on Thursday, August 28. Amy Phelps, from NCTC, Susan Rogers and Doug Haehl, both of Citizens Bank modeled how to conduct yourself in a job interview.
Students were entertained by Haehl’s lackadaisical attitude, and his first question to the interviewer, “About how long is this gonna last? I’ve dropped my little brother off at Wal-Mart.” Dressed in khaki shorts, t-shirt and flip flops, Haehl hid behind sunglasses and took a cell phone call during the interview. This, of course, was a humorous attempt to show students what not to do. In contrast, Phelps presented a professional looking way to approach the interview. Phelps, dressed in business clothes, looked the interviewer in the eye, called her by name, and did her research before hand about the company — all tips that later the three emphasized to students. Rogers, as the interviewer, later stressed that, “If I’m encouraging you to chat with me, then don’t just give me one word answers.”
Senior Corey Gentry said, “It really was a great experience. Getting to see the other side of the interview, what the interviewers think and what to be prepared for…lets me know how to present myself properly.” This is exactly what Service Learning coordinators hope students take away from the experience. According to Cathy Stafford, Transition Coordinator for Macon County Schools, this was just part of a week-long parade of guests. Monday Stafford spoke about the history of the program. On Tuesday, Macon Bank’s Brandon Woodard conveyed his experience as a former service learning student. North Central’s Lena Darnell communicated on Wednesday about the importance of a positive self-image and Friday, RBS City Policeman, Jason Roberts, spoke on driving safety.
Service Learning teachers Ms. Lori Powell, at Red Boiling High School, and Ms. Vera Brewer at Macon County High School teach the educational goals of the course content. The skills that students have developed during the course are then applied with the needs of the community through meaningful community service. Members of the classes leave school and travel to their service site for one block each day to learn in the real world environment. They also work on projects at such places as the backpack program, Macon Helps, and Nashville Rescue Mission, among others.