SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Just because school is out doesn't mean kids have to stop learning.
A group of students learned about potential career paths on Thursday while also seeing some cool cars.
After they looked around the lot at J.C. Lewis Ford, some students got to see under the hood at how a car dealership really works.
"That's what my dad told me. He told me experience is the best teacher," said rising 7th grader, Bishop Carmichael, Mercer Middle School.
Members of the Savannah-Chatham Public School System's Operation 15 Summer Camp visited the dealership on Thursday, and while they were too young to be shopping, it wasn't too early to learn about the professional opportunities in the industry.
"We've got everything from service techs to sale professionals to accountants and bookkeepers to show people, and it gives these kids an opportunity to experience the full gamut of what we've got to offer," said Julian Lewis, J.C. Lewis, Sales Manager.
The Operation 15 Camp organizes field trips so students can interact with local businesses and learn from business professionals. J.C. Lewis invited the camp out as part of its new J.C. Lewis Serves program, which in its first year, is focused on giving back in the area of education.
"For us, it's about our community. Our community supports us every day and we're honored to be part of the community in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville, and giving back is something that's important to us," Lewis said. "Our opportunity to support it was identified by the school board, but it's more the opportunity to give these kids an opportunity to say, hey look, there's something else out there. If I stay in school, stay involved, there's an opportunity for me waiting."
Just maybe, that opportunity is in cars.
"I like to see how they put cars together and how they paint it and clean it and stuff," said rising 9th grader, Danisha Saulsberry, Jenkins High School.
"I might want to be a little bit of a technician or eventually, when I get older, come over here and see any cars I can check out," Carmichael said.
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