Count On Me ECU hosts first Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day for university employees

By Jamie Smith, ECU News Services | April 28, 2017

The children of East Carolina University employees were treated to a day of all things Pirate during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 27.

This was the first time ECU participated in the national event which was hosted locally by ECU Human Resources. The event allowed the children to shadow mentors, see the value of education and to envision possible opportunities for their future.

The day’s theme was “Count On Me” and participants enjoyed games, an athletics facilities tour, crafts, lunch and a career fair before shadowing their parents in the afternoon.

It was the first year ECU participated in the 24-year history of the event. 23 children attended.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the children and parents to find out different careers available at ECU.”

-Michelle Morris, ECU director of employment.

Jayden Peszko is a 12-year-old student at Ayden Middle School who shadowed his mother Taria Crenshaw, a lab coordinator in the Department of Biology.

ECU Volleyball Coach Julie Torbett told the kids: “Be someone people can count on.”

Liam (8), Anna (10) and Nora (13) McCunney visited the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center where their dad, Dennis, is the director.

“I wanted to see the career fair. I want to be a veterinarian or an artist.”

-Anna McCunney, 10 years old

Calvin Archie is a sophomore at Farmville Central High School and wants to go into the medical or technology field. His god-mother, Grace Wilkins, is a clinical director with the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Brody School of Medicine.

Mary Rhoades, business services coordinator in Dining Services, said she wanted her daughter, Anna, to “see how different people work together and that days don’t always go as planned.”

Participants were able to explore careers in areas like education, engineering, technology, nursing and the military.

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