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Take Our Kids to Work Day
UCDSB Students Benefit from Experiential Learning Through Take Our Kids to Work Day
Posted on 11/07/2019
Take Out Kids to Work Day

November 7, 2019 (Brockville, ON) – Students across the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) discovered the world of work Wednesday, November 6 during Take Our Kids to Work Day. 

The annual event allows Grade 9 students to spend a day in a workplace shadowing a mentor or parent to learn about their jobs. The experience helps students decide if a job is right for their future. This year, students from North Grenville District High School, Char-Lan District High School, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute and other UCDSB high schools connected with community newspapers, garages, municipalities, hospitals, and a demolition company, among other businesses. 

Sara Breckenridge from Seaway District High School spent the day at Morrisburg Autopro. Breckenridge worked at the garage with mechanic and owner Cindy Wolfe. Under Wolfe’s supervision, Breckenridge learned how to change oil and tires. 

Breckenridge said Take Our Kids to Work Day offered a great opportunity for students. 

“Students can go into a workplace where they may want to work in future and get a taste for what it’s like,” she said. “I’ve wanted to work in the auto industry for a while. I really like cars and I like to take things apart and put them together to see how they work.” 

A self-described environmentalist, she hopes to work as a mechanic on electric vehicles. 

Char-Lan District High School student Brayden Flaro accompanied stepdad Martin Rose to Demolition Plus, his family owned demolition firm in Cornwall.                                                                                                   

Rose showed Flaro some of the heavy equipment used in the business. They visited the site of a four-story building in Ottawa as his stepdad worked on the logistics of its demolition. His stepfather also  shared some of the downsides of the trade, such as the stress involved in running a family business. 

Still, Flaro says the day inspired him to consider the demolition business as a career. 

“It’s not easy, but it’s cool to go up close to a job and see what they do inside (to take it down),” he said. 

Other experiences students enjoyed included: 

  • Perth and District Collegiate Institute student Charlene Cameron spent the day with father Scott Cameron, who works in information technology at the Perth and Smiths Falls hospitals. Charlene toured various departments at the hospitals and learned about the technology needed to support them.
  • Seaway District High School student Aiden Blancher discovered the life of a reporter, shadowing father Phillip Blancher, a reporter at the Morrisburg Leader newspaper.
  • Seaway District High School student Cameron Stewart spent the day at Thompson Timber Mart in Iroquois under the guidance of father Lyndon. 

An estimated 200,000 students across Canada participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day each year. 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

April Scott-Clarke
Communications Manager
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1188


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