It’s never to early to start thinking about the future and that was the theme at Schofield Middle School on Tuesday during the eighth grade career fair.


“A lot of people know what they want to do, but they don’t know how many other choices there are for them,” Schofield Career Counselor Wendy Bailey said. “I think this is very good for the kids.”


Bailey brought in 27 vendors from around the area to show the high school-bound students some of the opportunities they have going forward. The students were each handed a piece of paper with questions on it, and if they talked to 10 vendors, they received extra credit.


Among the vendors in attendance were Wackenhut, Woodforest Bank, News Channel 6, Legacy Barber, Shaw Areva MOX Services, Young Automotive and the Aiken County Coroner’s Office.


“Kids are always interested in what we’re doing,” Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. “They have a lot of misconceptions from watching shows like ‘Bones’ or ‘CSI,’ it’s not that dramatic.”


Carlton was one of many who took time out of their day to speak with students on Tuesday.


“What I do is try to encourage them, and we do an internship for high-schoolers where we’ll take them on for a couple of weeks,” Carlton said. “I enjoy doing these things. The kids are amazing.”


Bailey said that, after the turn out for the sixth grade career day last month and the eighth grade career day on Tuesday, the seventh-graders will get a chance to have their own in March.