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Rainbow Schools take part in Take Our Kids to Work on November 1st
Grade 9 students in Rainbow Schools will spend the day at work shadowing a parent, guardian, relative, friend or volunteer host on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 as part of the national Take Our Kids to Work program. This year’s theme is “Everyone Belongs Here!”
“Take Our Kids to Work Day provides students with an opportunity to make connections between the classroom and the world of work,” says Bruce Bourget, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board. “This reinforces the importance of working hard, and the benefits of obtaining a secondary school diploma.”
He adds: “Local employers have an important role to play in preparing the future workforce. The day will serve as a catalyst to engage students in career discussions with adults in various sectors.”
Now in its 29th year, the Take Our Kids to Work program provides Grade 9 students with the opportunity to experience the world of work as they begin to explore possible career paths.
Each year, some 200,000 Grade 9 students and over 75,000 businesses and organizations participate in Take Our Kids to Work day across Canada.
The Learning Partnership began the program in Ontario in 1994, and has since expanded to reach students in all provinces and territories. The Student Commission of Canada, a charitable organization that works to empower young people, their peers and communities, now facilitates the program.
Students can obtain information about Take Our Kids to Work at area Rainbow secondary schools. Parents/guardians of participating students will be required to complete and sign a consent form. Parents/guardians should check with employers about any age restrictions for placement.
Employers are encouraged to identify information that students will need to know in advance to ensure a safe workplace visit. All Grade 9 students will receive Workplace Health and Safety Awareness training in preparation for their day in the world of work.
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217