Encouraging its 450 students to “Think Big, Dream Bigger,” Cowan Avenue Elementary School in Westchester held a Career Day Friday, April 20th, that included speakers, emergency response and utility vehicles and a live demonstration by a childrenís book illustrator.

There were 30 parent and community volunteers who functioned as teachers for the day, including an inventor, an actor, a competitive bodybuilder, an engineer, a truck driver, a television casting director and several different types of lawyers.

Representatives from civil service agencies also participated in the event, including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Postal Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Fire Department, Culver City Police Department and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosaís office.

Students also had the chance to see a fire truck from Westchester Station No. 5, a police car, and a mail truck from the U.S. Postal Office on La Tijera Boulevard.

“This was a creatively organized way for our students to learn about different types of jobs and careers,” said principal Richard Da Sylveira. “It was also an amazing show of support for Cowan by many enthusiastic and dedicated parents and community volunteers.”

Cowan Avenue Elementary School, which includes kindergarten through fifth grade, is the home school for Westchester and Windsor Hills communities and is also classified as a School for Advanced Studies and an Arts Prototype School.