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Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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 (ANS) and Drexel University Online (DUO), 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 26, 2018.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

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

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: If touring the Academy of Natural Sciences, board provided shuttles.

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Return shuttle service to Drexel University City Campus.


To register your child, please complete the Registration and Consent forms [PDF]. April 4, 2018 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 April 4 in order to attend. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the event.

New This Year: Academy of Natural Sciences Tour

During the afternoon, we are offering a visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS). All children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in order to attend.

Parents and children can board the shuttle to ANS between 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. You will be greeted with a scavenger hunt and successful participants will be rewarded with a small prize. At 2:30 p.m., children and their parents are invited to a show in the auditorium or they can tour the special exhibit together.

A shuttle will depart ANS between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to return to Drexel's University City Campus.

If you and your child wish to attend, please select the ANS scavenger hunt and tour on the registration form to ensure that we have space for you.

New This Year: Children's School Supply Drive

To involve the children in civic engagement, we are asking that each child who attends this event bring new school supplies to be donated to the Morton McMichael School, a K-8 school with approximately 370 students located in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

Drexel University faculty and professional staff are also encouraged to bring new school supplies to work on April 26 in celebration of this event. School supplies for students at the Morton McMichael School can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and noon at Behrakis Grand Hall on April 26. A suggested list of school supplies can be viewed in the FAQs below.

Interested in Volunteering for this event?

For those interested in volunteering please contact Qadim Ghani ( by March 30. 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 26th event, otherwise they will not be eligible to volunteer. HR will assume the cost of these checks.

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.

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 school supplies?

School supplies listed below are recommended for donation to the Morton McMichael School. We appreciate the donation of brand new supplies.

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Colored Markers
  • Marble Composition Books
  • Pencil Cases
  • Plastic Folders
  • Colored Folders
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Sticky Notes
  • 2 or 3 inch binders
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Pencil boxes