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White House Marks Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

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Children of White House staff took an Oath of Office and met with First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the day's events
First Lady Michelle Obama answers questions from children of White House staff (April 26, 2012)

First Lady Michelle Obama answers questions from children of White House staff during ”Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in the East Room of the White House, April 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and the eighth year the White House has formally participated in this event. Over 180 children of employees of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) spent the morning at the White House discovering the many avenues and career paths their futures may hold.

This year’s theme, Building Opportunities at the White House: Educating and Empowering a New Generation of Leaders was woven throughout the day’s activities. The children started their morning by taking the same Oath of Office their parent’s did when they started working in the Executive Office of the President. From there they heard from the White House Photo Office about the exciting people from around the world that the President, Vice President, First Lady and Dr. Biden have met, and learned about the importance of protecting our national parks from the National Park Service.

The kids got to put their thinking caps on and learn about exciting careers in science, the culinary arts, and national security. First Lady Michelle Obama concluded the event by answering questions from the children, including: What is her favorite part about being First Lady? How many types of fruits and vegetables are in the kitchen garden? And when did Bo join the First Family?

Children of White House staff raise their hands to ask First Lady Michelle Obama a question (April 26, 2012)

Children of White House staff raise their hands to ask First Lady Michelle Obama a question during ”Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in the East Room of the White House, April 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)