Fairview Elementary School student Thor White examines a pair of rubber gloves that Eric White, owner of Barrel Smoke BBQ, wears while making ribs, brisket and other types of meat in his food truck during the second-grade career day May 13. (Photos by Annie Mehl)
Fairview Elementary School student Thor White examines a pair of rubber gloves that Eric White, owner of Barrel Smoke BBQ, wears while making ribs, brisket and other types of meat in his food truck during the second-grade career day May 13. (Photos by Annie Mehl)

May 21, 2019

Students pushed their hands through a rubber glove as they felt the texture of the mitt Eric White uses every day to protect himself from the heat of the oven.

They sat intently on the ground in front of Jannelle Satterwhite as she dug spatulas and cookbooks out of a bag to show them the different ways she bakes cakes and finds the right ingredients to make unique and tasty treats.

During the second-grade career day at Fairview Elementary School May 13, several Carroll business owners and professionals spoke to students about their jobs, how they got into their line of work and what they enjoy about their careers.

Ashley Wuebker, a guidance counselor at Fairview Elementary School, said she put the day together for students to meet and learn firsthand about the different career possibilities in Carroll.

“We have different ways of teaching students about careers,” she said. “Last year some parents and other professionals from the community emailed videos of themselves talking about their careers. In the past, we have also used books and online websites as ways to teach students about careers.”

The students rotated to different classrooms during the career day, where they met with White, the owner of Barrel Smoke BBQ, who sells his signature barbecue sauce at local grocery stores such as Hy-Vee. He also smokes brisket, ribs and other meats prepared with Templeton Rye whiskey inside his Barrel Smoke BBQ food truck.

Students also visited with Satterwhite, the owner of Sweets by Jannelle, and Brian Bellinghausen, a fitness trainer and owner of CrossFit Carroll, who spoke with students about the importance of being active and going outside during the summer.

Wuebker said the speakers taught students about the requirements and trainings various career paths demand and provided them with insight on the many career paths available in Carroll.

It is always important to us at Fairview to involve parents and the community at school,” Wuebker said. “We are teaching students essential lessons so they can one day be strong contributors in society. I want students to know that Carroll has a lot to offer.”