Monday, March 30, 2015

Las Vegas Quest Preparatory Academy Bridger Campus CAREER FAIR 2015

+Quest Preparatory Academy Bridger Campus opened its doors in the Fall of 2014, and with that opened the minds of the children and the wallets of the parents. Due to unforeseen damages from the relic building, which stood as +St. Joseph's Catholic School for over 40 years, Quest Bridger Campus lost over half of its supplies and curriculum and many of the school’s funds had to be used on repairs before the doors could even open. Therefore, throughout the year parents have been asked to participate in a multitude of fundraisers and donation drives for the school.

Although the structure was crumbling this did not tear down the infrastructure of the school and parents and teachers have been working diligently to build this school (literally) from the ground up. One stride in particular was the 2015 Career Fair hosted by the Bridger PTO. Professionals from all walks of life gathered to speak in a small cafeteria which could only accommodate about 90 children at a time (half of the students enrolled). The speakers were gracious enough to stay and speak for two sessions while various Las Vegas businesses such as American Family insurance, US Bank and BLVDS LV magazine, set up tables with company insignia all around the room. As well as a host table from the office of Senator Harry Reid. Outside hosted service vehicles from the Las Vegas Fire department, the metropolitan police department, AMR Ambulance Services, a semi-truck and a hearse from Davis Funeral Home. 

The guest speakers included the Honorable
Judge Joseph Sciscento, Attorney Eric P. Roy, College of Southern Nevada recruiter Ramona Johnson, Make-up artist Blaze Linn and Aliante Casino manager Melissa Reagen. Each guest was welcomed by M.C. and PTO Vice President Charity Griego who arranged theme music to be played for each speaker regarding their profession. The guests were asked to speak on their careers and allow the children to ask a few questions, but they did much more than that. Along with their dancing and clapping, attorney Eric Roy and Judge Sciscento (who brought along his bailiff) acted out a court room scene with two children as attorneys and the rest as jurors. The gentlemen even dressed the children in their jacket and ties and allowed them to argue their case whilst the judge and jury made their ruling. The children were so excited that Judge Sciscento had to call order to the court a couple of times.

The school yard and entire street were cleaned by PTO Vice President +Charity Griego 
and daughter Magdalene Clark, who reside across the street from the campus, prior to the event. The day of the event the entire street was decorated by parent volunteers with streamers, balloons and professional banners bearing the school's logo and event title. Mother Jessica Ptolemy's family built A-frame signs to direct traffic and designated parking was arranged by the neighborhood management to accommodate the guests.  A Career ABC's was compiled and handed out the children featuring 26 careers, one for each letter of the alphabet from local professionals (all who permitted the use their information). Almost half of the names listed were parents or family members of a Quest Bridger child and the event saw the largest parent participation and interest, particularly from the men than any other. Those parents who could not attend found someone who could, such as police officer Josh Melvin who is an uncle of one of the children. The music/sound, fliers and guest certificates were all compliments of Bridger dad Hunter Clark. Mother Cat Tadeo sent donations from her dentist Kenneth Hill D.D.S and additional donations were provided by Davis Funeral home Vice President Todd Noecker, US Bank, CSN, BLDVS LV magazine, Senator Harry Reid, and Aliante Casino. 

The keynotes of the event were commitment, education, confidence, passion and of course in Las Vegas –luck! But isn't luck really preparation meeting opportunity? Hopefully this event has opened up more opportunities for the students of this preparatory academy.

Charity Griego 
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Quest Preparatory Academy Bridger Campus
Address: 1300 E Bridger Ave Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone:(702) 631-4751

Location: Las Vegas 1300 East Bridger Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA