Once again, the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) supported The Learning Partnership's Take Our Kids To Work initiative. Grade 9 students participated in this community-based learning experience by going to work with their parents/guardians on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
Take Our Kids to Work was organized by the GECDSB to give Gr. 9 students a chance to: receive important Health and Safety training, develop a closer dialogue with a parent/guardian, recognize the practical side of what they learn in school (all Gr. 9 provincial curriculum guidelines include career education expectations), explore the world of work in a meaningful way, boost their understanding of individual jobs in the context of the local community, appreciate what adults do to support themselves/their families, ask themselves critical questions as they begin to make educational, career and life planning decisions about the future and recognize the importance of lifelong learning.
At the City of Windsor’s Take Our Kids To Work kick-off event, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and Fire Chief Bruce Montone delivered a welcoming address, noting the value of the various job-shadowing experiences students would experience. Students received site tours at many locations including the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre, Lou Romano Water Reclamation Plant, Fire and Rescue Services, Ojibway Nature Centre, Huron Lodge and the Mayor’s Office. Quincy, a Gr. 9 student at Kennedy Collegiate Institute, was excited to visit the Engineering/Geomatics and Social Services departments. Later on, Quincy’s mother, Fahema, said, “Quincy and I had a wonderful day…this experience was lovely.”
At Gordon McGregor Public School, Mrs. Barzotto’s Gr. 4/5 class was treated to a dance lesson taught by Take Our Kids To Work participant, Miranda Holden, who is in Gr. 9 at the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts. Miranda has a background in ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance and delivered her lesson in the school’s auditorium. Miranda felt both nervous and excited about her opportunity to lead the class and developed an appreciation for the time and planning that goes into choreographing and planning a great dance lesson.
At Lafarge Canada, mother-daughter team Jenn and Lindsay Newell were very busy approving and processing both commercial and residential vehicles coming in and out of the construction materials supplier. Lindsay is a Gr. 9 student at Sandwich Secondary and demonstrated a high level of capability and confidence, as she remained organized even under pressure. Lindsay was learning valuable communication, data-entry and interpersonal skills that will help her in the future. Plus, she definitely has an appreciation of both the challenging and rewarding aspects of her mother’s role in the workplace.
The GECDSB’s Student Success team would like to thank everyone for their support of this important community-based learning experience. Take Our Kids To Work was thoroughly enjoyed by our students and their families.