MIAMI – The Nichols Upper Elementary Bright Futures committee and representatives from Bright Futures collaborated to host the 2nd annual Career and Health Fair Thursday, Jan. 11 at the First Christian Church in Miami

Miami students in third, fourth, and fifth grades participated this year and area businesses provided students with the opportunity to see what careers are available right here in their own community.

Area vendors provided multiple activities, treats, and prizes for students. Students were also challenged with a scavenger hunt to find businesses that could be matched with multiple questions they were provided as clues.

Meals were provided to participating businesses by Integris Hospital and TSET.

"If it weren’t for Bright Futures collaboration with Nichols, this event would not have been as special as it was,” said Nichols Principal Keni Iverson “Part of the mission of Miami Public Schools is for students to be college, career, and citizen ready. This fair is a glimpse for our students into the business world that exists around them.”

Nichols extended its gratitude to the following businesses who participated: 3M, Boys and Girls Club, Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce, Express Employment Professionals, Hopkins Manufacturing, Indian Tribal Health Nutrition, Integris Express Care, Integris HR, Integris Infection Control, Integris Sports Medicine, J&M Farms, Miami Family Dental, Miami Fire Department, Miami Nation Police, Miami Public Library, Miami Public Literacy Program, NE Tech Center, Neece Concrete, NEO A&M College, NEO Reality, NEO Rehabilitation, Newell Coach, OPAA Food Management, Osborn Drug, Ottawa County Health Department, Scepter Manufacturing, Security Bank & Trust, TTCU, Walmart, Welch State Bank, Workforce Oklahoma, and Youth Care of Oklahoma.

Miriam George, Madeline Highsmith, Lance Corter, Megan Frazier, Justin Addis, Carole Trussler, and Carrie Montgomery were also thanked and recognized for their partnership in the event.