Kids spend day with parents at DuPont

WASHINGTON, W.Va. – About 250 children on Thursday participated in the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at DuPont.

The program is among the largest in the region.

“This is a great day for our employees and contractors and their children,” said plant manager Karl Boelter.

Planners fill the day with activities meant to enrich what the children are learning in their classrooms. DuPont is a Partner in Education with Parkersburg High School.

“One of our goals is to provide experiences that supplement the Wood County Schools science curriculum,” Boelter said.

Among topics were how to put out a fire with an extinguisher and touring the energy and pollution control systems. The agenda is divided by grade and is a mix of hands-on activities and things to go see.

“We talk about wind energy but the children also get to make windmills and launch air-powered rockets. We about alternative energy sources then have them build fuel and solar cell cars,” Boelter said.

“We learned about coal and now we’re going to the steam room, or maybe it’s the power house,” said third-timer Cody Van Allen, a sixth-grader at Hamilton Middle School.

“You guys preach safety here, is that right?” said Ravenswood eighth-grader Kevin Phillips. “I always heard that.”

Andrew Shaw, a fifth-grader at Parkersburg Catholic Elementary, said his favorite part was the water.

“We built water wheels to see how fast we could make them go. We learned how to get hydroelectric energy,” he said.

Andrew’s mom, Diane, is an electrical engineer at the plant.

Edison Middle School eighth-grader Seth Hill summed it up, “I like it that I’m having fun while I’m learning.”