With the smell of apple pie wafting out of the 13th floor kitchen, craft supplies scattered across the 10th floor, and scavenger hunt cards dutifully filled with stickers, Take Your Child to Work Day 2015 came to an end. Nearly 60 children accompanied their parents to work last Thursday, decked out in brightly colored shirts and ready to learn and play at the NSC.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Knowledge + Choice = Power,” kids were encouraged to try new things, like bake apple pie and make mad science slime, all while making new friends. The day’s activities were chosen specifically to align with Knowledge Universe’s Learning Adventures curriculum in the areas of science, music, and cooking. In the afternoon, groups prepared backpacks as a donation to Metropolitan Family Service.
“My daughter, Makiah, says that this year was by far the best year ever,” said Facilities employee Ariel Rohrbaugh. “She really enjoyed the cooking and ate her apple pie last night — it was yummy!”
“I liked slicing the apples,” said 10-year-old Makiah. “It’s fun to come to work with Mom and get a break from school!”
At the end of the day, kids and their parents embarked on a scavenger hunt to meet different NSC departments, allowing employees from Facilities, IT, Marketing, Benefits, and many more to share what they do in the office every day.
“I am so proud of the volunteers for creating an experience for our children that reflects what is so important to KU – our educational and our contribution to our community,” said Kelsey Troy, vice president of Human Resources. “The way the parents, children, and volunteers came together to participate in the day truly reflects everything that is great about our culture.”
Let the countdown to next year’s TYCTWD begin!