Boyertown high school students shadow local businesses

Boyertown student David Tsichlis with Southern Berks News Editor Emily Thiel on Wednesday, April 2.
Boyertown student David Tsichlis with Southern Berks News Editor Emily Thiel on Wednesday, April 2.

The Berks-Mont Business Association gave students another opportunity this year to experience the workforce first-hand.

More than fifty Boyertown high school students participated in the BMBA Shadowing Day on Wednesday, April 2.

The participating businesses and groups included: Boyertown Area Multi Service, Berks Mont Newspapers, Blazing Systems Brentwood Industries, Chestnut Knoll, E G Landis Jewelers, Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital, The Goddard School, Graber Letterin of Boyertown, Patt Veterinary Hospital, Salvation Army, Sanatoga Water Conditioning, Sealstrip Corporation, Tri County Area Chamber of Commerce, Twin Turrets, Union Township, East Penn Energy Solutions, Herb Real Estate, Mishock Physical Therapy, Perkiomen Valley Middle School West, Googleworks of Reading, National Penn Bank, Streamlight Inc.—the majority of which are members of the BMBA.

The day began with a breakfast at the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Company. Students had the chance to meet with the individuals that they’d be shadowing for the day.


President BMBA Carl Harner kicked off the breakfast off. High school principal Dr. Brett Cooper Boyertown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Faidley and Greg Herb Herb Real Estate each took a few minutes to speak about the workface experience they each when they were young.

Faidley emphasized that’s students should have a passion for the career that they’re planning to pursue.

Herb echoed that theme, stating “passion and happiness will lead to a successful career.”

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Rebecca won't hesitate to tell you that she has enjoyed writing throughout her entire life. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she graduated from the professional writing program of Kutztown University in 2012. Rebecca joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in July of 2012 as editor of The Boyertown Area Times following her internship with the newspaper. In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling and cooking gluten-free foods. Reach the author at or follow Rebecca on Twitter: @boyertowntimes.