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Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Inspire a Child to Dream Day 

The annual Inspire a Child to Dream Day, which is modeled after the national “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®” program will take place on Thursday, April 24th, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Children and relatives between the ages of 7 and 14 of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members, including College of Medicine and Academy of Natural Sciences, are invited to attend a day of learning and fun activities. Breakfast and lunch is provided for all participating children. The day will be divided into sessions, lasting 45 minutes each. Children are broken up into groups according to age.

Registration Information

To register your child, please complete the Registration Form [PDF] an return to Althea Wallace at alw322@drexel.edu, 3201 Arch St, Suite 430, or fax to 215-895-5813 by April 11, 2014.

Book Drive

Donated books for Inspire a Child to Dream Day

To get the children involved in civic engagement, we are asking each child who attends to bring a new children's/adolescents book (English or Bilingual: English/Spanish) to be donated to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, an organization with which Drexel has a partnership. 

Volunteers Needed

HR is seeking professional staff, faculty, and student volunteers to assist with the day's activities. Please complete the Volunteer Form [PDF] and return to Althea Wallace at alw322@drexel.edu by Friday, April 11, 2014.

Inspire a Child to Dream Day Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast in Behrakis Grand Hall (3210 Chestnut Street)
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Session 1: Breakout Session/Hands-On Activity
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Session 2: Breakout Session/Hands-On Activity
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch in Behrakis Grand Hall (3210 Chestnut Street)
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Tour of Academy of Natural Sciences of DU
2:30pm Parents pick up children at Armory next to Buckley Field
2:30pm-5:00pm Free Time with Parents

Inspire a Child to Dream Day FAQs

My child has food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Can I bring a lunch for him/her?

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all visiting children, however if your child cannot eat what is served, you are more than welcome to bring a boxed lunch for your child at lunch time. Parents may also take their child off campus to eat during the time that is allocated for lunch, but they must return promptly at 12:30 p.m.

I want my child to attend certain activities or be in the same group as another child. Is this possible?

On the registration form you may request certain activities or groupings; however, these are only requests. We will try to honor these requests but cannot guarantee that they will be accommodated.

My child has a disability that may make it difficult to participate in certain activities, what should I do?

Contact Monique Mallory in the Office of Equality and Diversity at 215-895-1405 or mnm56@drexel.edu.

Who will be escorting the children around campus?

Drexel University students will be escorting children around campus. Many of these students will get community service credit through the Office of Civic Engagement by participating in this program. Student volunteers will participate in mandatory training before Inspire a Child to Dream Day.

Does a parent need to remain with their child for the entire day? Can I walk around with my child during Inspire a Child to Dream Day?

Inspire a Child to Dream Day is designed so that employees will be able to have time at their work locations in the morning and interact with their children where they work stations in the afternoon. This year's program was arranged so that parents can work alone in the morning (children do the majority of the activities at this time) and then work with their child in the afternoon from 2:30pm-5:00pm. This schedule was designed to accommodate all employees, especially those with non-traditional schedules or work environments. Parents must pick up their child at the close of the day's activities at 2:30pm to escort them back to their office for the remainder of the day.

If you want to walk around with your child during the day, you must take time off if you are away from your workstation (i.e. not working). This policy applies to all employees who bring a child for Inspire a Child to Dream Day.

Are there any suggestions for children's books?

The following websites provide sample reading lists for children: