Event Will Pair Up Employers Looking For Summer Help With Teens Looking For Summer Jobs

Tue 4-6-2021

(Arnolds Park)-- A special event will be held this Friday in Arnolds Park matching up businesses in need of employees for the upcoming season with area high school kids looking for jobs. Brian Downing, Principal at Okoboji High School, says they'll be putting on a “summer job fair” Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at both the Pavilion and the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park...Downing & Job Fair01 

"You know when we sent out the sign up to businesses we had an overwhelming response. We have over twice as many businesses as we've had in the past, about 40 now signed up. And we want to make sure we're casting as wide a net as possible and opening up this up, so I contacted all of the schools in the area and offered to let them be a part of it. We have kids from Lake Park and from Graettinger-Terril Ruthven-Ayrshire that are going to be there as well as a whole lot of Okoboji students."

Downing says students that will be participating have already been filling out general application forms...Downing & Job Fair02 

"We've got a general job application form that students have had access to. The freshmen I know are all doing it in their English classes, but other students can pick them up, they can fill it out, then we can make copies for them so they can come into the job fair ready to hand out those application forms. We want to make sure kids are dressed nice and ready to impress, have some good questions to ask about what type of hours they might be able to get and what the starting pay is. Things tend to move pretty quickly. Businesses are really looking to lock down their summer help so often times by the end of the day on Friday we'll have a number of students that have already gotten connected with summer jobs. So it's a great time of year for kids to be connecting with the really unique opportunity we have in the lakes area to have so many great opportunities to work and earn some money in the summer."

Downing says there's still time for businesses to sign up to participate as well. They can do that by emailing Downing at or call Okoboji High School.