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Daughters get early glimpse of work world

April 15, 1999

Daughters to work dayBy DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

photo: DON AINES




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Among the incites Sarah Stump got about her mother's job Thursday was that "She gets a lot of mail."

Sarah, 10, of Chambersburg, was among the 16 daughters of Franklin County employees who got a jump on the rest of the country by taking part in Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

Sarah's mother, Loretta McClure, is the county's risk manager, in charge of programs aimed at reducing injuries to employees.

Take Our Daughters to Work Day will be observed next Thursday, April 22, in communities across the country, but there was a good reason to move up the calendar here.

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"We held it a week early because next week they have achievement tests in the local schools," said Director of Human Resources John Aguirre, who brought his daughter Jacinta in for a look at the working world.

Take Our Daughters to Work Day began in 1993 in New York City and is usually held on the fourth Thursday of April. The program brings young women into the workplace to see the career options available to them.

"Young women...really need to know the opportunities out there for them and county government tounches nearly every part of the county," Aguirre said. The county first observed the day last year, he said.

"It might help me decide, but I still have years to go" before choosing a career, said Jacinta Aguirre, 13, an eighth grader at Faust Junior High School. This was the second year her father brought her to work.

What parents do for a living sometimes isn't readily apparent to their children. "It's something to do with human resources," said Kirsten Browder, 16, of Chambersburg, whose mother Nipa works in that department.

"I do know that my mom's job affects a lot of people," Kirsten said. The department handles personnel matters for more than 700 county employees.

"It's very hard and it's confusing," Katie Cummings, 12, of Fayetteville, Pa., said of her mother's job in the department. Her mother Sue also brought Katie's twin, Kris, and their older sister Megan, 16, to work.

Along with spending time in their mothers' offices, the daughters also toured county offices. The 911 center and courtrooms were favorites with several of them.

"We're doing civics right now in school and it kind of relates to this stuff," Heather Rock, 15, of Chambersburg, said after hearing from Assistant Distirct Attorney David Rahauser and going through the Greek Revival courthouse. Her mother Beverly works in the employee benefits office.

They also met with the county commissioners, including Cheryl Plummer, the first woman to sit on the board.

"Some day somebody else is going to sit in these chairs," Plummer said. It is important for young people to prepare themselves for the job, she said.

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