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EDUCATION/CULTURE--Students Trade Class for Office, Factory
More than 6,000 Grade 9 students from across Nova Scotia are
trading backpacks for briefcases on Wednesday, Nov. 5, during
Take Our Kids to Work Day, a national event designed to
strengthen the bonds between parents and children, expand career
options and encourage community participation in education.

"Take Our Kids to Work allows parents, relatives and adult
friends to share their experiences and perspectives on a variety
of career opportunities," said Education and Culture Minister
Robbie Harrison. "Grade 9 is a time when students begin examining
their options, and a day in the workplace is a great chance for
hands-on participation and exploration."

More than 76 schools have students participating, representing 50
per cent of all Grade 9 students. Two school boards, Cape
Breton-Victoria and Southwest, have 100 per cent participation.

Students spend the day in a wide variety of workplaces, including
construction sites, hospitals, offices, banks, manufacturing
plants, fire departments and military bases. The program has
received great support, and several thousand workplaces in Nova
Scotia are welcoming students.

Initiated in Ontario four years ago, Take Our Kids to Work has
expanded across Canada. Up to 400,000 students were invited to
take part this year. Last year, 175,000 students and 20,000
workplaces participated nationally.

The day is co-ordinated in partnership with school boards,
schools and the Department of Education and Culture. National
sponsors include Human Resources Development Canada, Northern
Telecom, and Scotiabank/ScotiaMcLeod.


Contact: Catherine MacIsaac
         Education and Culture

ngr                Nov. 3, 1997                    1:15 p.m.