Paige Norman read in the Star Tribune about a high school where the "speed dating" format is replicated into a job fair matching students with business leaders for quick 5-minute conversations. The senior at St. Paul Central liked the idea so much, that she took it upon herself to recreate the event for her own classmates this year.

(Photo from Dec. 2010 Rotary speed mentor event at White Bear Lake High School.) 

Only Norman is trying to take it one step farther and turn it into a weeklong event called the "Central Job Dash." Each school day from Feb. 13-17, students can spend the lunch hour meeting in short bursts with leaders in various industries or subjects.

"I have decided to break it down by the subjects we study in school so that it can pertain to what we are currently learning," she said.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Science
Math
History/Civics/ Service
Business/
Management
English/Humanities
Arts/Performance
Medical
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Environmental
3M
Medtronic
EcoLab
 
Insurance
Accounting
Banking
Products
Sales Manager
Architect
Engineer
Computer Tech
 
Politics
Police
Lawyer
Judge
Lobbyist
Firefighter
Construction
Plumbing
Librarian
Professor
Business Owner
Real Estate
Salesperson
HR
Marketing
 
Writer
Grant Writing
Newspaper
Nonprofits
Music
Studio Arts
Photography
Theater
Film
Fashion
 

It's an ambitious project, given the number of business leaders needed to make a five-day event work. (Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can do so at centraljobdash@gmail.com.) Good luck Paige!

Cool Things Kids Do is an occasional series on the extraordinary kids in this community doing extraordinary things for their community. Know of any kids doing amazing things, big or small? Email jeremy.olson@startribune.com.

Prior blogs from the series:
  1. Chaska teen speaks at White House
  2. Lemonade fundraiser for cancer victim
  3. Growing Veggies and Feeding the Hungry
  4. 10th Grader Earns Top Nature Photo Honor
  5. Collection Drive Nets 900 Books for Needy Kids