Niland — For youths of all ages, planning a day's activities is a hard enough thing.
Planning for their future rarely comes into play.
Grace Smith Elementary School in this small community has taken a large step in helping students envision their future.
About 242 students participated in the school's first career day.
Law enforcement agents from the U.S. Border Patrol, state Department of Corrections, county Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol were at the career day talking about working toward a law enforcement career and their experiences in the field.
The California Department of Fish and Game, the Niland Fire Department, KECY-TV and Fish Producers Inc. also made presentations.
"It's important to bring other resources to their attention. It helps them focus," said Paul Martin, a resource teacher and site leader for the school-to-career program.