Eighth-graders get a taste of work

March 07, 2006|By ROBERT KELLER and BRAD SMITH


Experiences can last a lifetime and never fade away. Day on the Job - a job-shadow program for eighth-graders in Washington County Public Schools - is like that.

For my Day on the Job, I worked with Mark Keller, the sports editor of The Herald-Mail. I chose this because I want to be an author when I grow up.

Keller showed me how the sports section is set up. He works in the evening putting together pages for the next day's Sports section.


He finds pictures and stories to put in the newspaper from The Associated Press and from Herald-Mail sports writers. Coaches call and give him and his staff game scores and highlights. Herald-Mail reporters cover games and write stories.

Keller has a deadline of midnight. They have to work fast to get the paper out.


I've always wanted to work with a bunch of superheroes. Earlier this month, I did just that.

As a part of the eighth-graders' ob-shadow program, I spent a February afternoon with William Haberlein, owner of Atomic Comics at 86 W. Washington St. in downtown Hagerstown. I got a chance to see what sort of things go on behind the comic books.

The shop is filled with bins and bins of comics, action figures, collectibles, magazines, trading cards and even dog collars (hey, I was as surprised as you are).

Over the course of the day I stuffed comics and magazines into plastic sleeves, straightened up posters and trading cards, and went through many, many bins of comics to see which ones needed to be restocked.

Overall, the day was great. I was sad I had to leave. But, man, was I tired.

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