For the past twenty years, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® (TODASTW) organization has encouraged companies worldwide give the children of employees a peek into the workplace. This year TAPS Public Transit employees hosted their children at work on Thursday, April 24.
“Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult,” said Brad Underwood, CEO and Executive Director of TAPS Public Transit. “Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.
Underwood said he read about the TODASTW organization in an in-flight magazine while traveling to a conference. “I’m excited about what we accomplished on our first try,” said Underwood. “We absolutely will repeat this event next year.”
Syreeta Hall, office manager at TAPS’s Collin County office organized the event. “It took no time to get a group of volunteers to help put this together,” said Hall. “I know everyone sees the value of this program.”
In all, 11 children participated. Mike Holmes, Director of IT for TAPS said his two boys, Noah and Matthew, enjoyed every minute of the day. “My kids have not stopped talking about how much they learned today and how much fun they had,” said Holmes.