Grade 9 students began trickling in to Breakfast Television before 6 a.m. on Wednesday as parents across Canada marked Take Our Kids To Work day.
The not-so-typical work day — it’s not nine-to-five — saw students test out the green screen, chat with Breakfast Television hosts and get a glimpse behind the scenes.
The goal of the program is to help Grade 9 students connect the work they do at school to their own futures, by shadowing their parent or another adult for an entire workday.
It’s also designed for students to develop an appreciation for their parents’ careers and roles in supporting their families.
The City of Mississauga is also participating, welcoming students to city hall.
“The City of Mississauga is one of Canada’s top employers of young people,” human resources director Sharon Willock said in a statement.
“Take Our Kids to Work Day is a great opportunity to showcase the different careers available at the City to Grade 9 students.”
And at Queen’s Park, Premier Kathleen Wynne was participating alongside Education Minister Liz Sandals and Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
More than 250,000 students are expected to participate in Canada, according to national organizer The Learning Partnership.
The day initially began in the United States in 1993 as Take our Daughters to Work Day. In 2003, the program was expanded to boys. In the U.S., Take Our Kids To Work day is held in April.
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