Grade 9 students learn the ropes in workplaces across Chatham-Kent

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Allie Doran, 14, a Grade 9 student at Chatham-Kent Secondary School, spent Nov. 4 at The Chatham Voice as part of Take Your Kid to Work Day.
Allie Doran, 14, a Grade 9 student at Chatham-Kent Secondary School, spent Nov. 4 at The Chatham Voice as part of Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Grade 9 students could be found in workplaces all across Chatham-Kent last week for Take Your Kid to Work Day.

In some cases, businesses and organizations weren’t able to take kids due to safety or confidentiality issues, so students had to find alternate “parents” for the day.

CKSS student Allie Doran, 14, spent her day at the Chatham Voice, learning about what it takes to put together a weekly community newspaper.

In her first year of high school, Doran said the change is big.

“There are so many new people, it’s a different experience from elementary school,” the Grade 9 student said. “We had 310 students at King George and there are over 1,000 at CK.”

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Right now, with only two months in, Doran said her favourite subjects are science and dance. As a dancer since she was three years old, she is currently in her third year of competitive dance with Alexandria’s Dance Studio, and enjoys being able to take dance as a visual arts course in high school.

When asked what she thinks about Take Your Kid to Work Day, Doran said she liked the idea.

“I think it’s cool. Some people went to places where they want to work when they get older and can get that experience,” Doran said. “You can find out now if you like it before you get a job.”

Doran’s goal is to become a speech therapist.

“When I was younger, I had a hearing problem. I couldn’t hear properly and it affected the way I talk. A speech therapist helped me so now I can talk perfectly and I want to help kids do the same,” Doran explained.

 

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