BDB, School District Partner For Take A Student To Work Day

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the School District of Palm Beach County have added a new alternative to the nationwide Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day celebrated every year across the country. The new program, called “Take a Student to Work Day,” is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26.

The school district is still holding its annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event on May 26. Parents are encouraged to bring their children of all ages to work with them.

The BDB’s Branding and Marketing Education Task Force created Take a Student to Work Day so high school students could gain knowledge about the top-tier employment opportunities that are available in Palm Beach County.

“It’s important that students are able to see first-hand that there are many great career opportunities here,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board. “We want our best and brightest students to remain in Palm Beach County.”

Public and private businesses are encouraged to volunteer to host a student for a day of job shadowing. The BDB is particularly looking for businesses including agribusiness, aviation, aerospace, engineering, business and financial services, distribution and logistics, clean technology, healthcare, information technology, biotechnology and manufacturing. To participate, contact Allie Amelio at

So far several major local businesses have already volunteered to host a student, including the Greater Delray Chamber of Commerce, Quantachrome Instruments, Discover the Palm Beaches, Glidden-Spina and Partners, the O’Donnell Agency, the Business Development Board, Lockheed Martin, Biotools, NCCI, BDO, the Gehring Group, the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Leo A Daly and Morgan Stanley.

The Business Development Board will notify participating businesses by Tuesday, May 19 whether a student has been placed with their company and give them some guidelines for the day. Students will not receive service credits toward graduation for participation, but they will receive an excused absence from school.