Friday, September 25 was “Dress Like a Freshway Associate” Day at Longfellow Elementary in Sidney, Ohio. The event, sponsored by POWER Women’s Initiative and Workforce Partnership of Shelby County, was designed to introduce future career opportunities to the students.
Freshway representatives Tony Arnold, Director of Human Resources, and Janet Eastman, Director of Marketing, shared with the students what it is like to work at Freshway Foods. The students had the opportunity to try on safety and protective gear that is worn by Freshway associates at our Sidney, Ohio, processing and distribution facility.
“The Sidney City Schools have been very active in preparing students to eventually enter the workforce,” says Tony Arnold. “They teach the skills that students will need to get good jobs in the Shelby County area,” he adds. “Freshway Foods and other companies in the area will benefit as these children reach adulthood, as they will be prepared to work hard and make a contribution to the local economy.”
“The students were really engaged and asked lots of questions about Freshway,” says Janet Eastman. “They also had a great time trying on the gear.”
POWER is an initiative of the Shelby County United Way. The acronym stands for Passionate Optimistic Women Encouraging Results. The goal of the organization is to engage women as philanthropists through advocacy, mentoring, and leadership to help improve the lives of children and their families.
Workforce Partnership of Shelby County brings local schools and industry together to align workforce and education systems to respond to the skills needs of business and industry in Shelby County.