Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Clay Center, Kanawha Schools to Partner for Career Exhibit

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Clay Center, Kanawha Schools to Partner for Career Exhibit

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Kanawha County second-graders will soon be able to take part in a hands-on college and career readiness exhibit at the Clay Center. Kayte Kincaid, the Clay Center's director of education, announced during a Thursday board of directors meeting that the Clay Center has partnered with the county school system to bring all second- grade students to the center's new My Town exhibit.

The 5,000 square-foot exhibit, which is slated to open in November, is part of the center's new Discovery Museum.

"My Town is kind of like a mini-Charleston. When you walk in, you'll see the Capitol building. There are little storefronts around the gallery. You can go to the diner, you can go to the bank, the grocery store, Kincaid said.

Students can try their hand at various jobs in the "town including mayor, firefighter, doctor, construction worker and mechanic. After learning the ins and outs of each job, students will report back to a classroom space in the exhibit and share what they learned with teachers and classmates.

"Right now, a huge thing being talked about in schools is college and career readiness. My Town is an excellent place to allow children to explore various careers, Kincaid said. "We'll have a lot of opportunities for kids to pretend play and do some career exploration within that space.

The exhibit aligns with several units in the second-grade curriculum, she said, including a civics unit. A group of teachers from Kanawha and Putnam counties has been working with staff at the Clay Center to align the exhibit with their curriculum.

The exhibit will be free county to schools, thanks to funding from the Kanawha County Commission to offset costs for transportation and other expenses, Kincaid said.

The museum, which is currently under construction, will also include a three-story climbable structure. The Discovery Museum is slated to be complete at the end of November. …

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