Submitted by Mai-Linh Hoang, SilverFlame Communications

Young Professional Network members participated in McClure Elementary School’s career day Tuesday morning, as a kick-off to the start of PSSA testing week. YPN volunteers visited third and fourth graders to talk about their own careers and answer any questions the children had about choosing and getting the career they want. This day proved to be an enlightening day not only for the students, but for the YPN volunteers. Many of the students had aspirations to be scientists, doctors and artists and had many questions about what they needed to do to get there and what kind of schooling is required. Every experience at McClure is always a new one, filled with hope that these students, one day, will become great scientists and doctors.

The career day ended with a pep rally for the students and a poster contest. Grades three and four made posters with “tips” for taking and succeeding on the PSSA’s, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, a standardized state test. Students, dependent on grade, are tested on math, writing and reading skills.

YPN chose McClure Elementary as their adopted school for YPN members to volunteer and make a difference where it is needed. Past activities with McClure included Principle for a Day, Drop Everything and Read program and an end of the year Spring Fling. YPN’s goal is to help McClure by being a positive impact upon the students.

Thank you to those YPN members who participated

Mr. David Russo
Mr. Steve Grandizio, Friendly Mortgage
Ms. Danielle Pinto, Kimmel Center
Mr. Kevin Cafferky Philadelphia OIC
Ms. Stephanie Gambone, Philadelphia Youth Network
Mr. Adam Kerns, Saul Ewing
Mr. Peter Shrier, Seligsohn Soens Hess
Ms. Mai-Linh Hoang, SilverFlame Communications
Ms. Marissa Parker, Stradley Ronon
Mr. Derek Wood, Tactix Real Estate Advisors
Mr. Christopher Parker, TD Banknorth
Ms. Susannah Cobb, The Leader’s Edge
Mr. Andrew Pack, Variety Club
Ms. Angelic Lopez, Withum Smith & Brown