Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. First lady Michelle Obama will host an event for the children of Executive Office employees in the White House East Room, and several federal agencies are planning events for younger visitors:

-- Education Department

Secretary Arne Duncan will address children and their parents at a 2 p.m. ceremony that will be followed by an ice cream social in the headquarters cafeteria.

-- Interior Department

Children of employees will participate in activities on the Mall, including a hike with District schoolchildren. The young visitors later will participate in presentations at the department's headquarters.

-- Department of Justice

Although employees are welcome to bring their children to work, the department holds its formal Kids Day at DOJ in August. The event takes place in the courtyard and Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

-- State Department

At least 948 children of 699 employees have registered to attend events Thursday, according to a spokeswoman. Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall will swear in the young visitors as honorary employees, and children will shadow either their parent or another employee in the parent's office.

-- Treasury Department

Children will hear from U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and tour the treasurer's vault. They will also help plant flowers along 15th Street NW as part of the department's Earth Day efforts.

-- Department of Veterans Affairs

More than 120 kids visited on Tuesday (instead of on Thursday's planned VA Research Day). Children heard from military veterans who work for the VA and later toured the department's broadcast operations office and information operations center.

Please send photos and details of Thursday's events at your office to federaleye@washingtonpost.com. Please include your home town, full name and the agency for which you work. We may use your photos in Friday's Washington Post.

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