At the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, some children were able to see what a taste of the law was like. There was an infusion of youth at other businesses in the county, as well.
Kierra Narehood, 10, sat next to her mother, civil court administrator Jayme Narewood, as she worked at her desk.
Narehood said she pushes Kierra to have good work ethic, and bringing her along to see what she does daily is a good way to help instill that.
Kierra, a Marion-Walker Elementary School student, said she thought her mom’s job was fun because of the paperwork, but for now, her plan is to handle other types of papers — tests and essays. She wants to be a fifth-grade teacher when she grows up.
Down the hall, in Judge Pamela A. Ruest’s chambers, 11-year-old Claire Andrews sat at her mother’s desk.
Wanda Andrews, Ruest’s judicial assistant, has brought Claire to work every year since kindergarten for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. She has also brought her two older daughters in for the day in the past.
She said it’s a good way to provide a glimpse of one of the possible job opportunities available to them.
“I just want them to see what is out there for them and see if it’s something they’d be interested in doing,” Andrews said.
KCF Technologies in State College also had its dose of youngsters.
Company co-founder Jeremy Frank’s three youngest children — Lilly, 8, Eli, 7 and Carolyn, 4 — walked into work just in time to listen in on a meeting in the conference room.
Lilly keeps a notebook of ideas of things she could engineer, though they all design things together.
“We know Lilly’s got plans for bringing more creativity to the company, so someday we’ll do a brainstorming session on that,” Jeremy Frank said.
They are working on creating a flying car, and redesigning the Titanic to prevent it from sinking.
“I’m hoping to work here if my dad lets me get the job,” Lilly said. “The main thing I want to do is build a child center where we can train young engineers to actually work here in the future.”
— Shawn Annarelli and Clayton Over