Sixth graders welcomed the Jr./Sr. High School Counselors into their classrooms at both West Side and Lloyd Harbor. To their surprise, they received a lesson based on the Japanese word Ikigai. Iki means “life” and Gai means “purpose.” They were challenged to apply the concept of Ikigai to their own lives. They discussed and filled out a survey that pondered questions like; What do I love. What am I good at, What might be my mission, my passion, my vocation, or What does the world need? Students were challenged to reflect upon future career choices balancing joy, purpose, happiness and the value of how much money they might be paid. The students responded to scenarios that challenged critical thinking and growth mindset in a world where one day they might make a lot of money but hate their job vs. working for very little money but loving their job. Will they have to choose, or can they achieve both goals? The lesson was one in a series of visits to classrooms by the School Counselors to help sixth graders with a variety of topics including academics, goal setting and post-secondary planning. This lesson was at Lloyd Harbor, where Mr. Craine’s students answered, “Why do we need a career?” The responses were so insightful and thoughtful, this generation may take the world by storm one day! This is the second year that Director of Guidance, Mr. Justin Arini, implemented this program.