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FAIRVIEW, MICH. — Five employees of the AuSable Valley Community senior living facility in Fairview showed their children or grandchildren what work is like each day during Take Your Child to Work Day Thursday, April 26. According to Jean Hill, human resources manager at AuSable Valley Community, the five employees who brought someone to work with them represented the dietary, activities, maintenance, administrative, and housekeeping departments.
"It's a national day, so it's in recognition of the employees," Hill said. "It helps children and grandchildren to see what they do on a daily basis, and it guides their career opportunities."
Sandra Zelmanski, a dietary aide at AuSable Valley Community, brought daughter Courtney, 15, a Mio AuSable High School freshman, with her to work April 26. Sandra said Courtney's visit to the facility was important for her to learn about responsibility and doing a job to the best of your ability.
"It gives her a chance to work with residents," Sandra said.
Courtney said she believes her visit helped boost the residents' spirits.
"It makes them feel like they have a part of the outside world," she said.
Another employee taking part in the day's events was maintenance department employee Craig Barton, who brought his daughter, Fairview student Cody, 11, with him.
Craig said he thought Cody's visit was a good thing, because it enabled her to see what he does for a living and to visit with the residents.
According to Hill, the other employees to bring a child with them to work that day were administrative assistant Kerry Auten, who brought daughter Karley; activities director Heather Leaf, who brought daughter Reagan; and Odessa Hooper, who brought granddaughter Kaitlin.