By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/PIO
California Rehabilitation Center
The California Rehabilitation Center participated in another Bring Your Child to Work Day in late April. Staff from every department and classification brought in over 110 children to share what they do at work.
The morning began around 7 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Once checked in, Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins gave everyone a warm welcome and outlined the day’s events.
Everyone was transported to the Vocational Carpentry class, where the Crisis Response Team (CRT) spoke to the children and parents about how they train and work together on various assignments, including rescuing hostages. A short video was shown on the CRT training courses, with a question and answer segment immediately following while the team prepared for a hostage demonstration. CRT conducted a scenario with staff members climbing out of a two-story building, saving a hostage and taking the hostage-taker into custody.
Other actives included: demonstrations by CAL FIRE, Forestry, CDCR State Transportation, CRT, Orange County K-9 teams, hip-hop dance class, CRC’s Investigative Services Unit, Health Care, Dog Program, and other institutional departments. The children were also given a hip-hop dance class.
Event organizers thanked donors who helped to make the event a success such as Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks, Albertsons, Stater Bros, Sam’s Club, Costco, the California Correctional Supervisors Organization, California Correctional Peace Officers Association Combined Insurance, the CRC Employee Association, and a host of volunteers.
At the end of the day, everyone was given freshly-popped popcorn and invited to return next year. Each child was given an opportunity to participate in the t-shirt contest, where they drew pictures and the winning picture will be used for next year’s t-shirt design.