WVU Medicine’s inaugural Take Your Child to Work Day, organized and hosted by the Human Resources Division, was not just another day at the office.

Around 50 children, most aged seven to 12, attended the event at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. While there, children got to slap paws with Monti, the Friends of West Virginia University Hospitals mascot, and Cooper, the mascot of the West Virginia Black Bears baseball team; play games; meet a few service dogs; explore an ambulance; and learn about health and healthcare careers through interactive learning activities and much more.

To see a photo gallery from Take Your Child to Work Day, click here.

After a light breakfast, the children heard from  Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals, and surgeon Jennifer Knight, M.D. Some of the other health professionals who spoke with the children at interactive displays were a nurse, pharmacist, security guard, rehab tech and more.

The HR Division created the event to showcase WVU Medicine employees as role models and to inspire the children to strive to attain their full potential.