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Employees Celebrate Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day with Campus Activities

Photo: William Coates holds a rat.
William Coates practices proper rat-handling technique, under the supervision of Sherri Goss, training manager with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. (Jason Spyres/UC Davis)

The Davis campus joined thousands of worksites around the country last Thursday (April 28) in celebrating Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. More than 400 employees and their children or other young guests participated.

“It was lots of fun and a nice way for UC Davis to recognize and honor employees who juggle work and family responsibilities,” said Sandy Batchelor, coordinator for WorkLife, part of Human Resources.

Not to mention giving the children a wonderful introduction to the university, by welcoming them to more than two dozen activities, seven more than last year. With a theme of “Sparking Aha! Moments,” this year’s program included activities in agriculture, chemistry, anthropology, entomology, wildlife and fish biology, and university operations ranging from police and fire to Unitrans.

More than 150 children had $2 lunches at the Dining Commons — giving the boys and girls a complete UC Davis experience.

Garry Pearson tells children about soil
Playing in the dirt? Nope, lead greenhouse manager Garry Pearson is teaching the TODS participants about soil. (Jason Spyres/UC Davis)
Children run onto the field at Aggie Stadium.
Children storm the field at Aggie Stadium on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. (Sandy Batchelor/UC Davis)
A child plays with cymbals at UC Davis.
Cymbal crasher Troy Erbacher, son of physics professors Robin Erbacher and John Conway, crashes a practice session of the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! (Sandy Batchelor/UC Davis)
Photo of a child holding a rat.
Lena Keefer makes a friend during the Rats and Research program. (Jason Spyres/UC Davis)

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