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Kids get first-hand look at adult work day

April 26, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It's not every day that Jessica Cody, 8, can check her mother's e-mail or sit on her lap in the middle of the morning.

But as part of Franklin County's Take Our Future to Work Day Thursday, about 40 county employees were accompanied to work by their children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren.

The youngsters, from kindergartners to 12th-graders, toured the courthouse and shadowed their parents for the day.

Since 1998, the county has participated in the National Take Our Daughters to Work Day, but last year opened it up to sons.

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Jessica, a third-grader at Guilford Hills Elementary School, said she arrived at the office at 8:30 a.m. with her mother and went to work.

"I was checking my mom's e-mail and helping her add stuff up with a calculator," she said.

Her mother, Cindy Cody, is an administrative assistant in the Human Resources benefits department.

"This afternoon she will file things in A-B-C order," Cody said.

Jessica said working with mom was better than being in school, and she was learning about what her mom does all day.

The event was organized by the Franklin County Human Resources Department.

"We're calling it Take our Future to Work because children are our future," said John Aguirre, director of Human Resources. "It gives parents an opportunity to tell what they do and gives them an idea what to think about in the future."

Before Thursday, Angela and Jeffrey Hoke didn't really know what their mother, Linda, did as an enforcement secretary with Domestic Relations.

"I filed some reports this morning," said Jeffrey, 14, an eighth-grader at Shippensburg Middle School.

Angela, 5, a kindergartner at Nancy Grayson Elementary School in Shippensburg, helped out by putting papers in folders and said being with her mom was better than being in school.

"I wanted them to see what I do. I've worked here for 10 months so I'm relatively new myself," Hoke said.

After a greeting by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the children and their parents toured the courthouse and got to see some of its inner workings, including the courtrooms, 911 center and law library.

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