TAYLOR — Twenty-five children reported for duty at City Hall recently.
The children, ages 4 to 17, came to work with their parents on April 23 for national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
They participated in group activities in the morning, giving their parents a chance to return to work. Activities included tours of the Taylor Community Library and Heritage Park Petting Farm.
At the farm, children participated in an educational experience on solar and wind energy presented by Sharon Vespremi, education coordinator. At the library, youth services librarian Julie Sebest coordinated story times, crafts and a scavenger hunt.
Mayor Cameron Priebe and City Council Chairwoman Jacklyn Molner greeted guests and discussed the duties of the Mayor’s Office and the City Council in a question-and-answer session.
Upon returning from the tours, group members discussed careers library science and new “green” technology. The children then returned to their parents for some on-the-job training.
“We were extremely glad so many employees and their children participated in the planned activities,” said Priebe, whose grandchildren Olivia and Parker attended. “It is a chance for the kids to participate in the workplace and learn about some careers that may interest them in the future.”
The Take Our Daughters to Work program was launched by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993. The program encouraged employees in the United States to invite a prepubescent-aged girl to spend the day with the employee at his or her workplace, with the aim of improving self-esteem and exposing girls to various career opportunities.
The program was expanded in 2003 to include boys.