On November 6th, grade nine students all across Ontario ventured out into the interesting world of work accompanied by their parents, relatives, and/or friends. Many students were given the opportunity to experience what it’s like to go to work at a 9 – 5 job and experience for themselves how challenging it is to provide for a family. Students had the opportunity of experiencing a variety of jobs at stores, construction sites and hospitals.
Many that work at these jobs get up anytime between 5:00 am to 7:00 am and go to work for about eight hours a day so they can support their families. It is common for children, specifically teens, to take for granted all the efforts their parents put into making sure their kids have a good a life as possible. It is easy to ignore a parents’ hard work because after coming home from school, the house is neat and tidy, the supper is already placed on the dining table, and even a little bit of spending money is left on the counter for going out at night. However, within a few years, even the laziest teenager will have to start earning his or her own money.
Parents, teachers and guidance councillors all tell us to imagine the possibilities the future has to offer us. Being able to actually go out and see all the different jobs is enabling the youth to realize their dreams. There are so many careers within our community that many do not even know exist because they may not be very visible. Therefore, Take Your Kids To Work day allows them the possibility of exploring the many options available to them.
This day was a time for kids to learn and appreciate the hard work that people do in order to put food on the table and a roof above our heads. On this day students are learning and preparing to take on this responsibility for themselves tomorrow.