Tuff Teddy greets the children at North Kern State Prison.

Tuff Teddy greets the children at North Kern State Prison.

Forty youngsters tour North Kern SP

By Lt. Tom Mattson, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison

Children were able to put on some firefighting gear.

Children were able to put on some firefighting gear.

North Kern State Prison recently welcomed Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day with 40 children participating in activities and tours.

The day began with a breakfast, cartoons and hobby crafts. Children enjoyed designing their personal cup, visor and sharing stories.

Warden (A) Kelly Santoro welcomed the children and spoke about the important job their parents have as employees of the prison.

“Your parents’ dedication and hard work makes this prison run efficiently,” she said.

After the Warden’s welcome, the children were taxied around the perimeter in a transportation bus and took advantage of a photo opportunity with California Correctional Peace Officers Association’s Tuff Teddy. Later, the children were awed by the Fire Department demonstration and watched the Crisis Response Team demonstrate the precise shooting and teamwork used in a rescue scenario.

But the big hit of the day was the K-9 unit. The team demonstrated the keen training used to locate contraband within the institution. The trainers explained in detail how the K-9s are trained and how they like their own children.

At the end of the day, the children were exhausted and had a better understanding of their parents’ roles working for the California Department  of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Children meet "Pups for Parole" during Take Your Child to Work Day at High Desert State Prison and California Correctional Center.

Children meet “Pups for Parole” during Take Your Child to Work Day at High Desert State Prison and California Correctional Center.

High Desert SP, California Correctional Center see influx of visiting children

By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/Public Information Officer
High Desert State Prison

High Desert State Prison (HDSP) and California Correctional Center (CCC) recently held their annual “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

The day began with the kids and their parents meeting the Warden at their respective prisons and taking their pictures at the Warden’s desk.

Then they loaded up on buses and were given a tour of the outside of the prisons concluding with a trip to the range area where they were able to enjoy the “Zip Lines” put up by the Crisis Response Team and Range Masters from both prisons.

Following the “Zip Lines,” they traveled down to Antelope Camp at CCC, where they ate lunch, were given a demonstration by the CCC/HDSP Fire Department and got to meet all of the dogs currently in “Pups for Parole.”

Take Your Child to Work Day is a great event that gives the kids a broader idea of everything the prisons do here at the institutions and with the community, according to those involved.

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See more photos and stories about Take Your Child to Work Day from other institutions, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2015/05/children-visit-cdcr-institutions-to-learn-about-parents-jobs/