More than 60 daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends took over the District Attorney’s Office at the Hall of Justice on April 26 as part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
It was a day filled with highlights as the children watched a video featuring lawyers, investigators and support staff members. They later asked District Attorney Jackie Lacey questions that included: “What’s the hardest part of your job?” and “What’s your favorite movie?” (“The Color Purple,” if you must know.)
The children learned about the bronze sculpture “Embodied” that graces the exterior of the Hall of Justice and met with artist Alison Saar, who created the 12-foot-tall artwork. The kids got creative as they took rubbings of the words related to justice that are imprinted on the sculpture.
The children visited the office’s facility dogs, Bert and Skippy, who provide comfort and assistance to crime victims. They also checked out the Bureau of Investigation’s Command Center.
There were word games, including a challenging language match contest. You may try your hand at these worksheets by clicking here.
The reviews by the participants were glowing.
Nathan Bookstaver, son of Deputy District Attorney Tal Kahana, didn’t hesitate when asked what his favorite part of the day was.
“The dogs!” the 9-year-old enthused. “I like how they were trained to open doors and really can help people when they need it.”
Six-year-old Zhara Maw, daughter of David Maw from the Bureau of Investigation, enjoyed listening to Saar and capturing words on the “Embodied” sculpture through the rubbings.
“I love art projects,” the aspiring teacher said. “My favorite word was `Liberty.'”
The children also participated in a photo booth, where they could pose as lawyers, police officers and judges. Each child received a photo and other favors before they left for the day.