BOISE, Idaho - Reclamation's PN Regional Office celebrated its 3rd Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day/Let's Move Outside event on Thursday, April 25. The national theme this year was "Work In Progress."
There were 14 students who eagerly participated, ranging in age from 9 to 14.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day exposes girls and boys to what a parent does during the workday. It also shows them the value of their education and helps them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.
Let’s Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
Reclamation employees were encouraged to bring their daughters, sons, relatives, and friends to learn more about Reclamation and its function in the Pacific Northwest.
The event began at 8:45 a.m. as PN Regional Director Lorri Lee extended a warm welcome to the visiting students. She spent time talking about Reclamation, its mission, the positive experience they were about to encounter for the day, and the importance of an education.
"Take your education serious, do your very best in all of your subjects especially math and science,” said Lee. She encouraged the students to listen to the presenters, ask questions, and have a lot of fun.
The event coordinator, Annette Ross introduced the volunteers and gave a sketch of what would happen throughout the day.
The students were put into three tour groups identified as the Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout groups and then they were off to their six sessions.
The young students rotated to the following groups: Public Affairs; Human Resources; Design; Property and Office Services, River & Reservoir Operations; and Ecosystems Analysis. In those sessions, they learned about photography, setting goals, SCUBA diving, graphic design, information technology, fish tracking, salmon habitat, and much more.
Our presenters for the day were: Mark Albl, mechanical engineer; Manuel Salas, information technology specialist; Sharon Parkinson, civil engineer; Dave Walsh, visual information specialist; Luz Moreno, human resources specialist; Bobby Gaytan, illustrator; Charles Allen, information technology specialist; Rick Rieber, fish biologist; and Sue Camp, fish biologist. They each had about 26 minutes with the three groups educating them about Reclamation through presentations and interactive learning activities.
Jeff Peterson, civil engineer, and Paul Drury, hydraulic engineer, were also presenters who guided the students in learning about salmon habitat with the Living River Exhibit which demonstrates how streams work in a dynamic riverbed. The exhibit uses artificial sand, small farm animals, trees, sticks, and white stones as a continuous stream of water is introduced into the exhibit.
Our guides were Callianne Fisher, Kirsten Strough , Kat Jones, and John Redding. They were responsible for getting the students to their different sessions on time. The photographer for the day was Kirsten Strough.
Parents joined their children for a brown bag lunch and got to mingle with other parents and their children before heading back to their workstation.
During the wrap-up session, the students shared some of what they learned and expressed their gratitude for being able to attend the event. They gained a better understanding of the different things Reclamation does.
Thanks to each of our volunteers for doing a terrific job with the students and a special thank you to all the parents who brought their child/children to participate!
The next Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day/Let’s Move Outside event will be celebrated on Thursday, April 24, 2014. We are looking forward to another fun and educational day!
Released: May 24, 2013