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Kids of RTD Employees ‘Report to Work’

Once a year, there comes a day when adolescents are able to put down the video games and toys and experience a day in the life of their hard working, career-minded parents. When this day comes, RTD employees go above and beyond for the youngsters to ensure they have the ultimate career day experience.

On the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 23, RTD employees brought their children to work with them, but it wasn’t the typical day of job shadowing. The kids are exposed to many different job functions within the transportation industry and shown that with an education and a little determination, they too can achieve a balanced and rewarding work life.

The day started with a ride on the light rail, which took the participants to the light rail maintenance facility. After passing through the ‘train wash’, the kids received an exclusive tour and learned more about how a light rail vehicle operates. The tour guide also showed them the large warehouse where all of the replacement parts are kept. The kids were especially fascinated by the parts retrieval system, where the technician tells the computer what part he wants and a robot-like machine delivers it right to him.

Next they took the train to visit the high-tech light rail control room and spent time with the RTD Transit Police in the command center to learn about safety and security. One bold, young boy asked, “Will you show us a video of you catching the bad guys?”

The kids then boarded a bus (wrapped in students’ artwork from the ‘I Heart My RTD’ kid art contest) and headed to District Shops, RTD’s bus maintenance facility, where a sandwich and pizza buffet was waiting for them. After lunch, the kids went on a tour and received special demonstrations about glass cutting, painting, welding, upholstering, and metalwork, to name a few.

What the kids lacked in experience, they made up for in enthusiasm – they especially enjoyed getting on the freight scale to weigh their combined weights, shouting “hello!” to all of the employees, and making announcements on the shop’s PA system.

At the end of the day, the kids enjoyed special activities such as painting, jump rope, and taking pictures with their names lit up on the destination sign of a bus. Before being sent on their way, each child left with a goody bag and mementos.

A special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who put this fun event together and made it very memorable for the children. The most rewarding part is to hear afterwards from the parents that the kids could not stop talking about their career day at RTD.