9/30/2009 10:31:00 AM Education Fair full of enthusiasm
Members of the Bradshaw Mountain High School choir sing during the Yavapai County Education Fair Sept. 17.
By Bella McRae and Jacob Walters Special to the Tribune
Children, parents, and educators on Sept. 17 came to enjoy student performances and visit booths at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds Sept. 17 during the Western Yavapai County Education Fair.
Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter, who organized the event, told students they must find excitement in learning.
"It's the key to making education more enjoyable. Become passionate about being a student," Carter said.
In spite of districts' budget woes across the state, teachers still manage to impart their knowledge and information in ways that engage their students.
Marshall Waller teaches social studies at Mayer High School, and said his his class size has increased from the 2008-2009 school year.
Aleesia Harlow, 16, said the Mayer High School band lacks new equipment, but members continue to perform beautifully, as they did at the Education Fair.
At other booths, students from around the county could learn about Club Interact, National History Day competition, and ham radios.
Mike Kerutis, volunteer at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, said his ham radio club members learn how to use and build radios.
"For $300 anyone can be on the air talking to people around the world," he said. "The radio is the most dependable means of communication in a disaster."
Also at the fair was Lynne Nuttall, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who directs the school's Upward Bound program. He said the program provides a homework hotline for high school students, and helps first-generation and low-income students with their post-secondary education.
From the cheerleaders' team spirit to the harmonious sounds of choirs and bands, the Fair showed students still get excited about learning.