Fairfax County Government Holds Third Annual Bring Our Children to Work Day
Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
April 24, 2003
Fairfax County Government Holds Third
Bring Our Children to Work Day
Today in Fairfax County the Office of the County Executive hosted the third annual Bring Our Children to Work Day in conjunction with the national Bring our Daughters and Sons to Work Day campaign. Hundreds of county employees, along with their children between the ages of 9 and 15, participated in this action packed day of activities designed to expose children to the wide variety of career opportunities available within county government.
The event kicked off with welcoming remarks from County Executive Anthony H. Griffin and Public Affairs Director Merni Fitzgerald. Immediately following the opening ceremony, children had the opportunity to step outside and see a demonstration by the Fairfax County Police Department’s K-9 Unit, tour a police helicopter, and see a variety of public safety vehicles and other big trucks.
Back inside the Government Center, several county agencies had informational booths set up on the first floor with representatives explaining what their agencies do and relating the importance to a resident’s everyday life. Many booths also provided an interactive activity for participants. Participating agencies include the Electoral Board, Human Services departments, Fire and Rescue, Park Authority, Police Department, Facilities Management and Animal Services Division’s wildlife biologist.
Agencies such as the Park Authority, Health Department, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Police Department, and Department of Information Technology set up activities in the conference center for everyone to enjoy. The Park Authority featured interactive games such as mini golf and the Risk Management Division challenged children to be risk managers and find the hazards in a mock work site. The police gave presentations titled “Police Forensic Artist” and “Internet Safety.”
In addition, there were guided tours offered in several departments including Information Technology, Tax Administration, Cable Channel 16, Office of the County Executive, Office of the County Attorney and Office of Public Affairs. The components of the tour included Geographic Information Systems (GIS) demonstrations, an inside view of the Cable Channel 16 studio and a presentation on how a news release becomes a news article. Activities at the Government Center concluded at noon and children were free to shadow their parents for the remainder of the day or participate in afternoon offsite activities such as the mock court session conducted by Judge Teena D. Grodner of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
For more information, call Cathy Maynard at 703-324-2531, TTY 703-222-5494.