Fourteen Grade 9 students enjoyed their day at Whitby’s Town Hall as part of the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day.
The annual program gives students an opportunity to research many future career options available to them, and to see what their parents, guardians or relatives do at work. In this case, the students also gained a better understanding of the role the Town plays in the community.
Mayor Don Mitchell and Chief Administrative Officer Matt Gaskell welcomed the students, after which there were guided tours of Town Hall, Whitby Civic Recreation Centre, Port Whitby Marina, Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Brooklin Community Centre and Library and Whitby Animal Services Centre. Throughout the day students also heard from a number of Town staff who shared details of their roles.
Their day ended with a visit to Whitby’s Fire Headquarters, where they learned about fire prevention, the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and they practiced putting out a fire.
Take Our Kids to Work is an annual, national program run by The Learning Partnership in which Grade 9 students are hosted by parents, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country. More than 1.8 million young Canadians have participated since the program’s launch in 1994.