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Posted 5/12/2014

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By Joella Zaffino
Tionesta Lake

Tionesta Lake Project Staff and 10 of their children, ages eight to15 participated in National Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 24.

The children began the day by observing their parents performing their jobs and learning how each job fit into the mission of the project. Then, the children attended a welcome and introduction prior to a tour of the control tower. Lead Ranger Ricky McKee led the tour.

Rangers Luke Houston, Jason Bowers, and Jason Quinn presented a water safety program and led the children in various water safety activities.

Keeping with the theme of the National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, “Plant a Seed; Grow a Future” and the observance of Earth Day, Jason Quinn, a Tionesta Lake ranger, led the group to an area of the Dam Site where invasive Autumn Olive trees were removed during the 2013 Tionesta Lake Clean Up Day.  

Finally, while some of the group planted Sawtooth Oak saplings, donated by the PA Game Commission, others planted 11 Chestnut Tree seeds given to Rodney Daum, Tionesta Lake resource manager, as a participant in a seminar presented by the American Chestnut Foundation.   

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day began in 1993, and is held the fourth Thursday of April.  The program is designed to bring our children into the workplace to explore life’s many career choices.  Tionesta Lake has served as host to this educational event for two consecutive years beginning in 2013, and anticipates this day to be an annual “signature event” for the staff and their children in the future.



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