Local Children Gather for Annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:15am

Daughters and Sons to Work® DayDozens of Alfred State employees once again participated in the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day. This event was open to employees' children and grandchildren between the ages of 8 and 15. Participants enjoyed interactive learning activities such as visiting the University Police Department; taking a residence hall tour; and building raised beds for the Alfred Community Garden.

Eleven-year-old Carolyn, daughter of Andover resident and Coordinator of International Student Services Tricia Herritt, attended the event for the second year and said she especially enjoyed visiting the University Police Department and getting to participate in things like fingerprinting. Other activities included terrarium planting; demonstrations in machine tool, CAD, and forensics; cookie decorating; and backhoe games.

“It is beneficial for the children to see and learn about what academic and social opportunities are on a college campus,” said Dawn Butts, also of Andover. Dawn is an academic support specialist in the Student Success Center. Her 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, and 8-year-old son, Eric, also attended; the forensics and CAD demonstrations ended up being their favorites—that and the excellent meal prepared by Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services (ACES). “Of course, eating lunch at the Central Dining Hall is always a big hit,” Dawn said.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults in their lives do during the work day, show them the value of their education, and give them an opportunity to share how they envision their future. It is intended to be more than a career day. Each year, workplaces and adults around the country recognize its benefits and participate in the program to support our nation's daughters and sons. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day program was founded by the Ms. Foundation for Women to create an opportunity for girls and boys to share and communicate their expectations for the future.

In photo above, Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan speaks to local children during the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day at Alfred State.