The College of Staten Island hosted another fun and eventful Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day last week, as College faculty and staff brought their little ones to campus.

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The children were welcomed with refreshments in Building 2A and had the chance to have a CSI ID taken. After that, they went to Building 1A where they enjoyed some lectures from Professors Calvin Holder, Shaibal Mitra, Francisco Soto, and Donna Scimeca in the Conversation Cafe, where they learned about life in the Caribbean, the birds of Staten Island, the Spanish language, and U.S. historic figures.

By mid-morning, the kids were on the court in the Sports and Recreation Center shooting some hoops with Women’s Basketball Head Coach Margaret Moran and members of the Office of Athletics, and they also took some time out from their exercise to meet President Dr. Tomás Morales.

After the children refueled on pizza and cupcakes that they were able to decorate themselves, they enjoyed a geology lab with Prof. Alan Benimoff where they were able to look at rock and mineral samples (some through microscopes), learn about fossils, and conduct other experiments.

The day went from rocks to ribbons and radio, as the kids learned Chinese ribbon dancing with Winnie Brophy of the Pluralism and Diversity program and took a tour of CSI student-run radio station WSIA.

The day concluded with a Women’s Softball game, pitting CSI against Old Westbury.

Initially established as “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” the annual event has evolved into an opportunity for parents to bring their daughters and sons to work to see what they do, giving them insight into their professions.

The event at CSI was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Academic Affairs. It was coordinated by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Committee.

By Terry Mares