Orange County Government Celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Orange County Government and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) recently hosted the children of employees for an afternoon of learning and fun as part of the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day initiative. The program, now in its 27th year, serves children by inspiring them to believe in themselves, as well as helping them envision a future workplace where everyone is welcomed.
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings welcomed the children to the BCC Chambers, took questions from the audience and discussed the important work their parents do every day to keep the County up-and-running, and ensure the needs of residents are met.
“Today, you have opportunity to see exactly what it is your moms or dads do when they go to work each day,” Mayor Demings said to the group of more than 50 children, ages 6 to 13, and their parents. “Observe what they do and how they interact with others. The opportunity to go to work with a parent and really understand what they do does not come around often. What they do has an impact on everyone who lives in our community.”
Later in the afternoon, the children played a trivia-style game to test their knowledge about some of the Orange County departments and divisions where their parents work. The interactive game was used to teach kids fun facts about different aspects of the County, including Parks and Recreation, Fire Rescue and Public Works. Following the activity, families were treated to an expo on the front lawn of the County Administration Center that featured a fire truck, Scooter the Parks and Recreation mascot, and other employees from the departments mentioned throughout the game.
Additionally, other departments across the County participated in the day’s activities. Orange County Utilities and Orange County Environmental Protection Division gave tours of their facilities, as well as played trivia and water conservation games.
This nationally recognized day also brings attention to the importance of education, setting goals and building positive relationships. This year’s theme is Workforce Development For All. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. Each year, more than 3 million workplaces around the nation open their doors to more than 40 million employees and their families.
Photo Caption: Orange County Government hosted more than 100 children for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 25, 2019.