Take our kids to work day

Spotlight employee Debbie Lyon, brings her daughter to work for the day.

Princeton Secondary grade nine student

On the first Wednesday in November, grade nine students across Canada have the opportunity to participate in Take our Kids to Work day.(TOKW)

Take our Kids to Work is an initiative that was introduced 18 years ago by the Learning Partnership – a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada.

For students, this day provides an opportunity  to learn what skills will be required in the workplace, encouraging them to stay in school to acquire those skills. TOKW helps students develop respect and appreciation for their parents’/caregivers careers and roles in supporting the family.

This day also provides students with an opportunity to experience career options first hand, giving them a taste of what choices and opportunities lay before them.

For parents/caregivers, TOKW is a day that  helps to prepare their child for the future and an opportunity to have a shared career experience.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Princeton Secondary grade nine students who were able to participate, went to work for the day with their parent/caregivers.

One student, Molly Kopola joined her mother Debbie Lyon at the Similkameen Spotlight. Molly worked alongside her mother collating flyers in preparation for the upcoming insertion and delivery of the Spotlight newspaper. She also assisted her mother in the sorting and organizing of the Spotlight office archives.

Many of the larger newspaper centres have machines that perform collation and mailing label tasks. In the Spotlight, Debbie Lyon puts all the flyers together, inserts them into each paper and attaches all the mailing labels —by hand. She also delivers the Spotlight to the mail and all distributors. Debbie has been a valued employee of the Similkameen Spotlight for over 12 years.