Thursday, April 24 was an exciting day for 15 young children as they participated in the 4th Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day/Let's Move Outside event at the PN Regional Office. The students ranged in age from 8½ to 14.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day exposes girls and boys to what a parent does during the workday and shows them the value of their education while helping 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 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 what Reclamation does.
The event coordinators this year were Daisy Diaz and Annette Ross. The event began at 8:45 a.m. Acting PN Regional Director Steven Jarsky extended a warm welcome to the visiting students. He talked about Reclamation’s mission, safety, how important water is to us, and the importance of an education.
Daisy introduced the volunteers and gave a sketch of what would happen during the day.
The students were put into three groups (Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout) and off they went to their first of six sessions. Throughout the three hours, they rotated to the following groups: Illustration; Safety; Public Affairs; Liaison & Coordination; and Property Management.
Our presenters for the day were: Bobby Gaytan and AlejAndro Anastasio; Julie Weymouth; Kirsten Strough; Megan Montague and Bob Hamilton; and Scott Lund. The presenters had 30 minutes with the different groups educating them about Reclamation through presentations and interactive learning activities. The students learned about graphic designs, home and outdoor safety tips, photography, water conservation, preserving the environment, and much more.
Jeff McLaughlin was also a presenter 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 flows into the exhibit.
Our guides were Cahl Gouker, Luann Hyde and Jama Hamel. They were responsible for getting the students to their different sessions on time. The photographer for the day was Ted Walker.
Parents joined their children for a brown bag lunch and enjoyed several Otto Otter Canal Safety PSAs. After watching the PSAs, each participant was asked to share one canal safety tip with the group.
During the wrap-up session, the students were eager to write about some of their highlights of the day and they were thankful for being able to attend the event.
Thanks to each of our volunteers for doing an outstanding job with the students. A special thank- you to all the parents who brought their child/children to participate. We are looking forward to another great event next year!
Released: May 09, 2014