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Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Inspire a Child to Dream Day 

Drexel's 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 April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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, will be 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.

View Photos from the 2014, 2013 and 2012 Inspire a Child to Dream event: Event Photos

Registration Information

Registration is now closed. Please contact Althea Wallace at alw322@drexel.edu or Chantell Bowman at cmb552@drexel.edu.

Book Drive

Donated books for Inspire a Child to Dream Day

To get the children involved in civic engagement, we are asking that each child who attends bring a new 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. Inspire Book Drive Flyer [PDF]

The Drexel Community is also welcome to participate in the book drive now through Thursday April 23. Please drop off your books to one of the following locations:

Human Resources (University City) - 3201 Arch Street, Suite 430
Human Resources (Center City) - The Bellet Building, 1505 Race Street, 1st Floor
Human Resources (The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University) - 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Breakout Sessions

Thank you to the departments, schools and colleges that will host one or more breakout sessions for the children! View the full listing of breakout sessions here [PDF].

Volunteers Needed

Special thanks to the volunteers (professional staff, faculty, and students) who signed-up to assist with the day's activities. If you have any questions, please contact Althea Wallace at alw322@drexel.edu or Chantell Bowman at cmb552@drexel.edu

Inspire a Child to Dream Day Schedule

8:00-9:00am      Registration/Breakfast in Behrakis Grand Hall (3210 Chestnut Street)
9:00-9:15am      Walk to Breakout Session I
9:15-10:00am    Session 1: Breakout Session/Hands-On Activity
10:00-10:15am  Walk to Breakout Session II
10:15-11:00am  Session 2: Breakout Session/Hans-On Activity
11:00-11:15am  Walk to Behrakis Grand Hall
11:15-11:45am  Lunch in Behrakis Grand Hall (3210 Chestnut Street)
11:45a.m.-1:00pm Group Activities – Behrakis Grand Hall (3210 Chestnut Street)
1:15-2:30pm      Organized Games: Buckley Field/ Rock Climbing
2:30pm               Parents pick up children from Armory next to Buckley Field
2:30-5:00pm      Free Time With Parents

*New* Inspire a Child to Dream Day Parent Guide

Inspire Parent Guide [PDF]

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 children, however if your child has a food allergy, please pack their breakfast and lunch.  Parents may also check-out their child at 11:15 am to have one-on-one lunch.

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 breakout sessions or groupings; however, these are only requests because group assignments are based on the age of the child. 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 the Office of Disability Resources at disability@drexel.edu  or 215-895-1401.

Who will be escorting the children around campus?

Drexel University faculty, professional staff and students will be escorting the children around campus. Additionally we have volunteers that are high school students.  These high school student volunteers are children of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members.  Many of these students (Drexel and high school) will get community service credit by participating in this program.

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?

We would like to have parents serve as volunteers, however, if their schedules do not permit 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.  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.

Are there any suggestions for children's books?

The following websites provide sample reading lists for children: