News: Paint, food and family: CLB-22 enjoys take your child to work day
Story by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Smiles and laughter brightened the families’ faces as Marines and sailors gathered with their children at the motor transportation building for Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 2nd Marine Logistics Group during the take your child to work holiday here, April 25.
Servicemembers and their children enjoyed crafts, such as painting and drawing, as well as sports, including badminton and Frisbee throwing. They also showed their kids around their workplace and vehicles.
The unit’s family readiness officer, Darlene Kern, a Bradley, Ill., native, organized the day’s festivities and ensured that the children had a great time.
“It’s an educational experience for the kids,” said Kern. “They get to see what their parents do, and some of them just enjoy getting a day off from school.”
The day started with Marines and sailors bringing their children to work with them, followed by a lunch, hosted by Kern.
“Last year, we were notified last-minute that we would be participating in the holiday, but this year we have crafts and lunch for the children and parents,” said Kern. “The command has been very supportive, and really encouraged servicemembers to bring their children to work.”
Navy Lt. Chad Hamilton, the chaplain with CLB-22, 2nd MLG, said this was the first time since joining the military that he’s participated in the holiday, but was glad he did.
“I think this whole [bring your child to work day] idea is worthwhile,” said Hamilton. “The children get to see what their parents do every day, and parents get to spend extra time with their kids while showing them what they do.”
Kern and Hamilton agreed that the holiday was a success, and both agreed their command was very supportive of servicemembers bringing their children to work.
After spending half the day showing their children where they work and having lunch, servicemembers were released to enjoy the rest of the day with their families.