Inspire a Child to Dream Day
Drexel's annual Inspire a Child to Dream Day is modeled after the national “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®” program. Children and relatives between the ages of 6 and 13 of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, are invited to attend a day of learning and fun activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participating children and volunteers. The day will be divided into sessions lasting 45 minutes each. Children will be grouped according to age for the activities.
This year's event took place on Thursday, April 28, 2016. We had 192 attendees this year, making this year's program our largest yet! Thank you to our many volunteers who make this event possible.
If your child attended the program, please complete this short survey to let us know how we can improve the program for next year.
If you have questions about the Inspire a Child to Dream Day program, please contact Lindsay Norlen at 215.571.4644.
To get the children involved in civic engagement, each child who attends is asked to bring a new or slightly used children's book (English or bilingual, English/Spanish) to be donated to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, an organization with which Drexel has a partnership. The Drexel Community is also asked to participate in the book drive.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Registration/Breakfast in Behrakis Grand Hall 3210 Chestnut St
9:00 -9:15 a.m.: Walk to Breakout Session I
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.: Session 1: Breakout Session/Hands-on Activity
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Walk to Breakout Session II
10:15 - 11:00 a.m.: Walk to Behrakis Grand Hall
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.: Lunch in Behrakis Grand Hall 3210 Chestnut St
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Group Activities in Behrais Grand Hall
1:15-2:30 p.m.: Organized Games: Buckley Field/Armory 33rd & Cuthbert Sts (Parents are invited to participate)
2:30 p.m.: Parents pick up children from Armory next to Buckley Field 33rd & Cuthbert Sts
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Free time with parents
"I would like to thank you and your staff for all the hard work you did for the Inspire a Child Day. My daughter Grace (age 13) on the White team couldn’t say enough about what a wonderful time she had. Her favorite stop was the LeBow College of Business :”Brand Yourself” where her team heard about Drexel students that worked with Turkey Hill Ice Cream Company and came up with Tastycake flavored Ice Cream. Her team even won a challenge with a hamburger shaped like the Nike Swoosh and the buy line “Just Eat it” I was pretty impressed myself. She knows that this was her last year as a participant, but hopes to be able to volunteer and work with a team next year. I will be looking out for that. You really did “Inspire a Child to Dream,” at least you did for my child. Thank you again."
-John Ginty, Information Resources and Technology
"My heartfelt thanks for all the time and energy that went into organizing Inspire a Child to Dream day this year. I am especially grateful that you allowed me to shadow my son and accommodated my request to move him into a group which went on the Mad Dragon Studio tour. Not only did he love that experience, he also surprised me greatly by willingly participating in, and enjoying, the creative writing session that preceded it. My son has significant fine motor challenges and writing is difficult, so I asked one of the students to ask him if he’d prefer to dictate and he said no, and took his time and wrote his sentences, unphased by the fact that he was 7 and wrote 4-5 words in about as much time as the 11 year olds wrote 20-25 word complex sentences. And he enjoyed hearing the group stories… but the experience of helping create a soundtrack with the studio was absolutely priceless. He definitely came away inspired, and I am grateful to each of you and the rest of the volunteers for providing this opportunity!"
-Patrice Tremoulet, PhD, Applied Informatics Group
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