The Hobsons office in Cincinnati, OH has had a long-standing partnership with Adopt A Class as part of our efforts to ensure that all students have opportunities to connect learning and life in a meaningful way. On Friday, May 22, we welcomed 4th and 6th grade students from J.P. Parker Elementary for our annual Adopt A Class visit.

After a year spent getting to know their mentors, students had the opportunity to visit Hobsons to tour the office, learn about the different jobs and departments within our company, and participate in activities that emphasized career planning.

Upon arrival at the office, students received a bag of swag, which included t-shirts, water bottles, and other marketing materials from 11 different universities across the United States. They were also given a map that showed where each university was located, featuring interesting facts about each school.

Students sport swag from D’Youville College.

The day officially commenced with a talk given by Hobsons CEO Craig Heldman, where he asked the students what they wanted to be when they grew up. Responses ranged from hairstylist to doctor to football player. Heldman encouraged students to keep working towards their dreams, even if those dreams change over time.

Craig Heldman talks with students about what careers interest them.

Heldman's talk was followed by an interactive activity in which students worked in groups to explore colleges and careers available to them after high school graduation. Students were assigned a career and then discussed what steps an individual interested in each career would need to take to pursue it. Students then presented their finished activity to the group.

Thanks to generous donations from Chick-fil-A and Sam’s Club, students were treated to lunch, and then toured the Hobsons office. Students concluded the day by visiting each department to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each one.

The sales team talks with students about their role in the company.

It was an honor to host the students at our Cincinnati office, and I know that through our work with Adopt A Class and John P. Parker School, Hobsons is helping lead students to a brighter future.


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