Crispell students are looking toward the future

Crispell eighth-grade students got a close-up look at a day in the life of a chiropractor – and a carpenter, pilot, EMT, firefighter, photographer, veterinarian and so many others. Twenty-seven professionals attended Crispell Middle School on Dec. 4 for the annual Career Day.

Students had the opportunity to watch demonstrations and ask questions about each profession.

Dr. Michael Raucci, a chiropractor located in Walden, explained to them that he

Man with beard wearing a light colored button down shirt talks to students and has many medical props on a table in front of him.
Dr. Michael Raucci explains to the students what a chiropractor does. He brought along several props.

treats, among other ailments, neck and back injuries as well as headaches. He handles many sports injuries and, in addition to his degree in chiropractic medicine, Raucci has a degree in neurology. It’s all connected, was his message to students.

High school girl wearing a gray sweatshirt holds one end of a tug toy while a medium short-haird dog tugs on the other. Several girls stand around watching and smiling
Blair, a narcotics dog, enjoyed the interaction with students.

Cameron Martinez was one of the students watching a very spirited Blair, a seven-year-old narcotics dog and his handler, New York State Trooper Joseph Bleichner. Blair jogged around the gym, stopping to tug on her toy with students and to be petted. Cameron had been to the SWAT demonstration and listened to the pilot’s career day presentation. He said he may go into law enforcement – that’s what he wanted to do when he was younger – but that might change.

Dr. Megan Knoell from Catskill Veterinary Services had a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group during her second session. They asked very complicated questions and even got advice on how to treat an abscess on a horse. Dr. Knoell’s message, though, was about loving what you do for a living.

“I wake up every day and love what I’m doing,” she told the students. “It can be difficult, it’s highly emotional and you bring things home with you. But I love it.”

A man and woman pose with two middle school girls, one of which is sitting on a motorcycle in the gym.
Crispell Principal John Boyle is happy to help students take a turn sitting on the motorcycle.
.A man wearing a quarter zip gray pullover jacket stands in front of a four-wheeler and talks to several students.
Neil Lisberg, a teacher at Pine Bush High School and advisor to the Polaris Club, talks to the middle school students interested in mechanics.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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