Since 1992, employers have participated in Take Our Daughters to Work Day. In 2003, the day was expanded to include boys and became known as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This day is a chance to show kids “the value of their education,” and to help them “discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.”
This years’ event was hosted on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Lee Contracting had over 20 kids participating for the day. The day started with a snack and a speech from our CEO, Ken Labruyere. The kids had a chance to hear how important their parents are to Lee Contracting.
Up next, our safety department talked about the proper safety equipment everyone should wear while on a job site. The proper safety gear includes hearing protection, safety glasses, hard hats, gloves and safety vests.
Our safety department also explained how a press works. The kids were given pedometers and talked about the distance a flywheel travels per day. They were told a fly wheel can travel more than 1,500 feet per shift. That’s more than one lap around a track.
The kids also had an opportunity to be introduced to several pieces of our equipment. They could climb up (with spotters) and sit in a semi-truck, excavator and a skidsteer. At this point, the parents joined their kids for pictures by the equipment and a group picture in front of our 300T Grove Crane.
After a lunch break of pizza and salad, the kids were tasked with putting together a wooden press. They were given all the necessary supplies to build the press including blocks, screws and pipe cleaners.
After working hard to build a press, the kids had some well-deserved down time to play on the football field at Wisner Stadium and finished their day with snow cones.
The day was a hit with the kids. Whether they enjoyed sitting in the semi-truck, building the wooden presses or eating snow cones best, the kids all enjoyed themselves.
We look forward to next year’s event.