Welcoming Community Leaders to Business in the Classroom

On November 1st, Hartfield classrooms were filled with business leaders in our community to teach students about the world of business and a career path they can choose in the future. This special event is called Business in the Classroom.

It was a great morning welcoming these leaders to Hartfield! It was an especially special time to have Hartfield alumni and Hartfield parents join us to speak encouragement to our 8th and 9th-grade students.
“What do you want to do when you get older?” is a common question asked by many adults to high school and middle school-aged students.  As middle and high school students, most do not know the answer yet. Our guests emphasized that the answer should be simple - “Whatever God wants with my life”. Many guests shared experiences of their difficulty choosing a college major, career path, or job, but it all came together when they allowed the Lord to lead in their life.

Hartfield Alumni, Hannah Adams, shared her experience of wrestling with this question during her time at Hartfield. During spring break Hartfield students have the opportunity to participate in Arise Week, which allows every 9th-12th grade student to serve either at a local ministry or on an international or domestic mission trip. Hannah chose to go to Matamoros, Mexico. During her time there, the group partnered with Matamoros Children’s Home, a local orphanage. She met social workers and had the privilege of seeing life change through adoption. This experience allowed her to explore what social work looked like as well as find her passion. It is unexpected opportunities, like Hannah’s, that God can use to work through someone. Hannah is now a social worker and lives in Rankin County, MS. 

This story challenged students to ask themselves ‘How can I make my life the way God wants it?’ and ‘Then what do I like to do?’

After hearing from each guest, students were left with an understanding of new career choices, but most importantly how they followed God’s path to get them to where they are today. It was an encouragement to all to hear the amazing testimony of how the Lord has used in their lives to direct their path to where they are today.

We want to thank the following community leaders who shared with our students:

Joe Thrasher - Pastor at The Way Church
Allie Simpson - Hartfield Athletic Trainor
Brad Burleson - UList
Richard Stafford - Hartfield Athletic Creative and Instructional Technology Director
Keyes Hayes - CFA
John Rankin - Genesis Bank
Leighton Whitehead - New York Life Insurance
Lee Catherine Collins - Graphic Design
Neal Broome - Financial Planner
Dr. Simpson - Medical
Ryan Lindsey - Former Epidemioly / Hartfield Football Coach
Hannah Adams - Social Worker
Chris Clark - Pastor at Pinelake
Natalie Latham - Community Bank
Shae Fuller - Chicken Salad Chick
Edwayne Hutton - Real Estate
John Hunt - MS Dpt of Corrections
Lara Lowman - Salon 232
Jeremy Jackson - Dermatology
Troy Odom - Judge
Dr. Bill Sullivan - Oakdale Animal Hospital
Mark Leazer - Industrial
Jeffrey Johnson - Zaviation
Jared Pierce - Architect
Tim Neese - Builder
Daniel Atkins - Dentistry
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