SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic’s first ever virtual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” was a huge success as several faculty members and administrators and their kids connected with one another via Zoom on Thursday for several fun-filled activities that resulted in lots of smiling faces.
In the nationally celebrated event, UC faculty members served as moderators as the kids enjoyed a variety of activities, which included scavenger hunts, a sing-along, science projects, yoga, and they also played Minute To Win It, and they learned a TikTok dance.
Making “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’' become a reality was a total team effort as faculty members and administrators joined forces to plan it out and make it a memorable day for everyone.
Mrs. Nancy Peralta, Mrs. Pam Sawicki, Mrs. Rebecca Schroppe, Mrs. Kathy Webber, Mrs. Lauren Koppel, Mr. John Gresco, and Mrs. Jennifer Dixon all moderated activities and helped plan out the event. Additionally, Assistant Principal Dr. Jim Reagan Jr., Mrs. Kelly Kahney, Mrs. Katie Schmidt, and Mr. Edward Sagendorf were part of the planning committee.
Mrs. Dixon, UC’s Director of School Counseling, praised the efforts of everyone involved.
“Thank you to all the teachers who ran sessions and helped plan the day,’’ said Mrs. Dixon. “It was a true team effort.”
Mrs. Noreen Andrews, the Virtual Learning Coordinator and an Assistant Principal at UC, said it was great to see so many kids and adults having fun together!
“It was such a joy to see the children laughing and participating in the activities,’’ said Mrs. Andrews. “Happy children beget happy adults! It was a welcome break enjoyed by all! Bravo to the coordinators!’’
Mrs. Schroppe said it was a great event to be part of, and it showed the heart and soul of UC’s tight knit community and commitment to family.
“It’s awesome working with a team of people who have embraced these new ways to keep the heart of our UC community connected and spirit alive,’’ said Mrs. Schroppe. “Everyone showed up with big smiles and happy hearts. It was super fun to watch our kids, who are familiar with one another, connect in this virtual event together. They were so excited to see one another on a Zoom!! That alone was really cool. I loved seeing everyone’s children excited for the games or sessions as they started. It was truly heart-warming to watch the happiness overflowing. It’s definitely what our kids needed, especially today. I’m so grateful UC is determined to make the shows go on, where they can! All of our virtual events have been worth showing up to!! Hats off to this team today. Well organized and really fun.”
Mrs. Sawicki had a blast with her kids and everyone’s else’s kids.
“It was so nice to see everyone and their children’s smiling faces today,’’ said Mrs. Sawicki. “I had so much fun singing with all the kids and my kids had a blast as well! Thank you to Jen Dixon and to all who made this day possible. It was definitely a bright light during these troubling times!
Mrs. Peralta called the whole experience very gratifying.
“Anytime you see so many little smiling faces, you know it was worth it,’’ said Mrs. Peralta. “The best part is that you don’t have to plan fun... it just happens! We definitely had fun.’’