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Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Drexel's annual Inspire a Child to Dream Day is modeled after the national "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®" program. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, are invited to attend a day of learning and fun activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participating children and volunteers. The day will be divided into sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes each. Children will be grouped according to age for the activities.

This year's event will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The deadline to register is Friday, March 31, 2017.

If you have questions about the Inspire a Child to Dream Day program, please contact Kim Gholston at


8 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast - Behrakis Grand Hall

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Sessions

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch (Parents/Guardians may pick up their child at 12 p.m. if they wish to take their child to lunch.)

1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Parents sign-out their children - Behrakis Grand Hall

CANCELLED: Tour of the Academy of Natural Sciences (details below; each child will receive an admission voucher for the Academy that can be used at a time of your choosing)


To register your child, please complete the Registration and Consent forms [PDF]. March 31, 2017 is the final day to register. Return completed forms to or mail to 3201 Arch St, Suite 430 attn: Andrea Alimmatiris or Frannie Conlan. Please note that you must register your child by March 31st in order to attend. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the event.

Cancellation Notice: Academy of Natural Sciences Tour

This year’s new feature of an afternoon trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS), unfortunately, is cancelled due to the heavily increased traffic restrictions with the NFL Draft Experience on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from April 27-29.  Philadelphia is expecting over 200,000+ visitors for the event since Philadelphia is in driving distance for nine NFL team markets. In addition, the Penn Relays is “running” at the same time, which adds another 75,000 visitors to West Philadelphia.

Although we were aware of the NFL Draft when we began planning for the ANS trip, neither ANS nor the Inspire A Child To Dream Committee had anticipated the plans to shut down so many access points around the Parkway.  Based on the current and planned driving restrictions, the traffic congestion will likely leave you and your children on the shuttle longer than actual time spent at ANS. 

Although the ANS trip is cancelled for April 27, each child will still receive an admission voucher for the Academy of Natural Sciences that can be used that day or another day of your choosing.  The vouchers will be provided at the end of our Inspire A Child To Dream Day programming that concludes at 1 p.m. Please remember that as a Drexel employee, your admission to ANS is always free; you just need to show your Drexel ID. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you and your child(ren). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Gholston at 215.895.2582.

Interested in Volunteering for this event?

For those interested in volunteering please contact Qadim Ghani ( by March 31st. All volunteers are required to obtain background clearances to include: FBI fingerprinting, PA State Police criminal check and PA Child Abuse history clearance before the April 27th event, otherwise they will not be eligible to volunteer. HR will assume the cost of these checks.

Children's Book Drive

To get the children involved in civic engagement, each child who attends is asked to bring a new or slightly used children's book (English or bilingual, English/Spanish) to be donated to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, an organization with which Drexel has a partnership. The Drexel Community is also asked to participate in the book drive.

In addition, the Drexel community can also participate in the book drive Friday March 10 through Thursday, April 27, by dropping off books to one of the following locations:

  • Human Resources (University City), 3201 Arch Street, Suite 430
  • Human Resources (Center City), Bellet Building, 1505 Race Street, Suite 305-307
  • Human Resources (The Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University), 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Parent’s Guide

Please review the Parent's Guide [PDF] to find some helpful tips for how to participate in Inspire a Child to Dream Day at Drexel University.


"I would like to thank you and your staff for all the hard work you did for the Inspire a Child Day. My daughter Grace (age 13) on the White team couldn’t say enough about what a wonderful time she had. Her favorite stop was the LeBow College of Business :”Brand Yourself” where her team heard about Drexel students that worked with Turkey Hill Ice Cream Company and came up with Tastycake flavored Ice Cream. Her team even won a challenge with a hamburger shaped like the Nike Swoosh and the buy line “Just Eat it” I was pretty impressed myself. She knows that this was her last year as a participant, but hopes to be able to volunteer and work with a team next year. I will be looking out for that.  You really did “Inspire a Child to Dream,” at least you did for my child. Thank you again."

-John Ginty, Information Resources and Technology

"My heartfelt thanks for all the time and energy that went into organizing Inspire a Child to Dream day this year. I am especially grateful that you allowed me to shadow my son and accommodated my request to move him into a group which went on the Mad Dragon Studio tour. Not only did he love that experience, he also surprised me greatly by willingly participating in, and enjoying, the creative writing session that preceded it. My son has significant fine motor challenges and writing is difficult, so I asked one of the students to ask him if he’d prefer to dictate and he said no, and took his time and wrote his sentences, unphased by the fact that he was 7 and wrote 4-5 words in about as much time as the 11 year olds wrote 20-25 word complex sentences. And he enjoyed hearing the group stories...but the experience of helping create a soundtrack with the studio was absolutely priceless. He definitely came away inspired, and I am grateful to each of you and the rest of the volunteers for providing this opportunity!"

-Patrice Tremoulet, PhD, Applied Informatics Group

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Can I bring a lunch for him/her?

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all children, however if your child has a food allergy, please pack their breakfast and lunch. Parents may also check-out their child to have one-on-one lunch.

I want my child to attend certain activities or be in the same group as another child. Is this possible?

Children will be assigned to groups based on age. We are unable to accommodate requests for placement.

My child has a disability that may make it difficult to participate in certain activities, what should I do?

Contact Disability Resources at or 215.895.1401.

Who will be escorting the children around campus?

Drexel University faculty, professional staff and students will be escorting the children around campus. Additionally we have volunteers that are high school students. These high school student volunteers are children of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members. Many of these students (Drexel and high school) will get community service credit by participating in this program.

Does a parent need to remain with their child for the entire day? Can I walk around with my child during Inspire a Child to Dream Day?

We would like to have parents serve as volunteers, however, if their schedules do not permit Inspire a Child to Dream Day is designed so that employees will be able to have time at their work locations in the morning and interact with their children where they work stations in the afternoon. Parents must pick up their child at the close of the day's activities to escort them back to their office for the remainder of the day.

Are there any suggestions for children's books?

The following websites provide sample reading lists for children: