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Where Child’s Play Meets Meaningful Work


With a work ethic befitting her T-shirt (which reads “Try to Keep Up”) a girl lays brick after brick.
With a work ethic befitting her T-shirt (which reads “Try to Keep Up”) a girl lays brick after brick.
A child smooths yellow-dyed concrete to cast a stepping stone.
A child smooths yellow-dyed concrete to cast a stepping stone.
“Jordan B.” carefully adds a brick to an archway. Twenty of 20 arches built throughout the morning remained intact when the wooden form was extracted.
“Jordan B.” carefully adds a brick to an archway. Twenty of 20 arches built throughout the morning remained intact when the wooden form was extracted.
Girls who didn’t hesitate to get their hands dirty share a sandy high-five.
Girls who didn’t hesitate to get their hands dirty share a sandy high-five.
After a morning of hands-on learning that would make any parent proud, the group gathers for a photo.
After a morning of hands-on learning that would make any parent proud, the group gathers for a photo.

A group of more than 35 youngsters gathered in the Construction Masonry Building on Thursday for Penn College’s celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Before spending the afternoon shadowing their parents, the children learned about careers in masonry, courtesy of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. With help from a legion of students, faculty members Glenn R. Luse, instructor of construction masonry, and Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, taught the visitors to make colored concrete stepping stones, lay a straight and sturdy wall of brick, artistically apply stone to a wall, and construct gravity-defying brick archways. Following cleanup and the distribution of certificates in the CMB by dean of construction and design technologies Marc E. Bridgens, student ambassadors led the group on a tour of campus before they headed to lunch in the Capitol Eatery. The event is sponsored by the President’s Office and Human Resources.

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