ACC gives children first-hand look at contracting mission
April 26, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-- Nearly 50 children joined their parents during the Army Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day to learn what ACC employees do on a daily basis.
Members of ACC and the Expeditionary Contracting Command headquarters here hosted the April 26 event at the ACC campus on Wells Road as a part of the national Bring Your Child to Work Day observance.
Children ages 5 to 19 years old and their parents started the day with refreshments and a group photo. They then broke into groups and traveled throughout a variety of stations that demonstrated what Soldiers and different command offices do. The stations included physical training exercises, video interviews, camouflage face painting, a K-9 presentation, and a rucksack demonstration.
"The face painting and the vehicles are so cool," said Cayson Steward, 9, a Hazel Green Elementary School student and the son of Misty Steward, ACC-Redstone Arsenal Pricing Directorate.
After a quick pizza lunch, the children split into two groups based on age. The younger group headed back outside to examine new displays, including a firetruck and K-9 dogs with trainers.
New Market School student Julie Lloyd, age 10 and the daughter of Joy Lloyd in the ECC Policy Division, stayed at the PT station for a while.
"I love exercise, so this has been my favorite station," Julie said.
The older group experienced an abbreviated version of the Myers-Briggs personality evaluation and then participated in mock job interviews and critiques to show them different things to do as they prepare for jobs later in life.
"I really think the cool part was the interview. You pick a job you would be interested in and interview. It's really educational," said Allison Gabbert, 15, daughter of Col. Jeffrey Gabbert, ACC chief of staff. She also said the first-aid station was her favorite because of her interest in the medical field.
Parents loved the event as well.
"This day has been amazing--great activities and so well-organized. We didn't know that all of these displays would be here," said Erika McPherson, ECC Office of the Command Counsel and mother of Erik, 13, Morris, 10, Jacob, 8, and Alicia, 6. "And the Myers-Briggs and mock interviews are just a great way to prepare them for their future. This event truly was spectacular."