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Fred Beans hosts 14th Take Our Kids to Work Day in Doylestown

Children’s author Eric Wight, who writes the Frankie Pickle chapter books series for young readers, signs Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 for Tayker Jenkins of Perkasie, a 5th-grader in the Pennridge School District, while his mother, Heather Bauer, cashier at the Ford store, looks on. Photo: Lynette Rosenbaum

For the 14th straight year, the seven dealerships and seven subsidiary services of the Beans organization in Doylestown hosted a day in the workplace for the children of our workforce as part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day® on Thursday, April 28.

“We recognize the value of introducing our children to the workplace environment,” says Jen Keiser, general manager at Autorent in Doylestown and one of the three Beans sisters who have planned this event every year since 1999. “More than ever, it’s important for kids to see their parents at their jobs, to learn what Mom and Dad do all day while daughters and sons are in school or day care.

“Not only does it put the parent into context, especially for the younger children. It also gives parents a chance to show off what they’re good at, how they are valued outside of the home. It’s really a proud moment for our employees who bring their kids each year.”

And then there’s the different activities planned with the help of the Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day Foundation at www.daughtersandsonstowork.org. The goal is to get kids thinking about identifying what they love to do so that when it comes time to support themselves, they will find satisfying, meaningful work.

This year, besides learning games and “shadowing” their parents in the workplace, more than 100 kids and their adults were treated to lunch at the Ford Lincoln Mercury Mitsubishi store. For a special treat, children’s author and illustrator Eric Wight was present to talk about his newest book, Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000, Simon & Schuster 2011, and to sign copies of the book, which were a gift from the Beans organization.

Wight is the author/illustrator of the new Frankie Pickle chapter book series. His graphic novels have received awards, and his artwork has been prominently featured on television, including “The O.C.” and “Six Feet Under.”

Wight also sketched his main character for the young people; the three illustrations he created were raffled off and taken home by Samantha Tucker, daughter of Matt Tucker, general manager at Hyundai; Emily Smith, daughter of Kathy Smith, Fred Beans Ford; and Chase Peev, son of Stacey Peev, Fred Beans Holdings.

Office Basic donated the folders, pens and crayons for the activities packet that each child received.