Orange County Government Hosts Virtual ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’
Orange County had some of its youngest residents take part in a unique experience for the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which was held on April 22, 2021. Participants were given an up-close look into the Orange County Regional History Center, Convention Center, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Utilities, and the Community Action Division.
This virtual experience included behind-the-scenes tours, a butter-making experience at the History Center, meeting Darwin, the Sulcata Tortoise who lives at the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve, an up-close look at our life-size Tonka trucks at Public Works, and a visit to Utilities’ water laboratory to learn how the County’s drinking water stays safe. Going virtual this year allowed the children of Orange County Government parents to learn about the many services the County provides to residents, businesses and visitors throughout our community.
Participants also had the opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Jerry L. Demings as he shared his story of how he came to be the first African-American Mayor of Orange County Government. He reminisced on some historical moments of his life and career, including transitioning from Orange County Sheriff to the role of the Mayor and holding both roles on the day he was officially sworn into office.
District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore, District 3 Commissioner Mayra Uribe and District 5 Commissioner Emily Bonilla shared inspirational words and advice they would have given their younger selves.
“If you want to be President of the United States, be president … you can make it happen. Take a chance. Follow your dream. Don’t take no for an answer and go for it,” said Commissioner Uribe.
The purpose of this nationally recognized day is to provide children with a firsthand look at what their parents do at work. When participants were asked what their parents do every day, they replied they “do meetings” and were not sure what else their parents’ jobs actually entailed. The County is proud of its nearly 7,000 employees and was honored to show children how important the work their parents do every day means to our organization. To learn more about Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, visit daughtersandsonstowork.org.
Photo Cutline: Mayor Demings talks to the children of Orange County employees about his role as a leader during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.