UCDSB students benefit from experiential learning on Take your Kid to Work Day

Seaway District High School student Sara Breckenridge, at right, changes tires with Morrisburg Autopro employee Elaine Smith, during Take Our Kids to Work Day. Courtesy photo

UPPER CANADA — Students across the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) discovered the world of work Wednesday, November 6 during Take Our Kids to Work Day. 

The annual event allows Grade 9 students to spend a day in a workplace shadowing a mentor or parent to learn about their jobs. The experience helps students decide if a job is right for their future. This year, students from North Grenville District High School, Char-Lan District High School, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute and other UCDSB high schools connected with community newspapers, garages, municipalities, hospitals, and a demolition company, among other businesses. 

Sara Breckenridge from Seaway District High School spent the day at Morrisburg Autopro. Breckenridge worked at the garage with mechanic and owner Cindy Wolfe. Under Wolfe’s supervision, Breckenridge learned how to change oil and tires. 

Breckenridge said Take Our Kids to Work Day offered a great opportunity for students. 

“Students can go into a workplace where they may want to work in the future and get a taste for what it’s like,” she said. “I’ve wanted to work in the auto industry for a while. I really like cars and I like to take things apart and put them together to see how they work.” 

A self-described environmentalist, she hopes to work as a mechanic on electric vehicles. 

Char-Lan District High School student Brayden Flaro accompanied stepdad Martin Rose to Demolition Plus, his family owned demolition firm in Cornwall. 

Rose showed Flaro some of the heavy equipment used in the business. They visited the site of a four-story building in Ottawa as his stepdad worked on the logistics of its demolition. His stepfather also shared some of the downsides of the trade, such as the stress involved in running a family business. 

Still, Flaro says the day inspired him to consider the demolition business as a career. 

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