The average age of worker at Clackamas County dipped considerably on April 25, when dozens of school-aged children joined their parents at work for Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day.
The national event is designed to help young people learn about career opportunities. In the case of the county, it also allows young people the chance to learn a civics lesson.
The kids joined the 10 a.m. Board of County Commissioners meeting for a quick photo, and then later had a chance to ask the commissioners questions at a Q-and-A event. They learned a lot about what the county does for the community.
“I learned the county plans things, helps people, helps the community and helps veterans with houses. I like to help people, too,” said Linzey, age 9. “I think people need to help others because we all need help with different things because we’re all different.”
Others gained a better understand about what their moms and dads do at work.
My mom "engages communities so everyone can have a voice about how to better access services," said Jeremiah, age 9.
There was also a chance to meet Clackamas County Sheriff Office’s K-9 officer, Grimm, an opportunity to watch a drone fly and an experience to tour the 9-1-1 dispatch office.
Why did you want to come to Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day?
- “It is a lot of fun, and there’s always something fun to do.” – Ana, age 10
- "I like staying with my daddy." – Lilah, age 5
- “I did not want to go to school!” – Shawn, 10
- “I get to meet new kids and we can do fun things together.” – Abby, 10
- “Because it’s a special holiday.” – Mathias, 5
- “Because I want to see daddy.” – Lena, 4