Children of employees at Wolverine Worldwide’s Rockford, Michigan campus learned how shoes are made and the importance of giving back to the community during the company’s annual Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 25.
Following opening remarks by Greg Tunney, president of Wolverine Worldwide’s Hush Puppies brand, and an energizing Zumba warm up, the children participated in multiple age-appropriate activities with the themes of future jobs, community engagement, and sustainability.
While older kids job shadowed employees, younger children worked with leather and created “seed bombs” — seeds wrapped in a ball of compost and clay that make it easier to plant them in a greater variety of landscapes.
All Wolverine Worldwide employees were also invited to join the BYCTWD participants to transform old t-shirts donated by employees across the campus into chew toys for dogs. The toys will be donated to the Kent County Animal Shelter, located in Grand Rapids.
To end the day, the kids job shadowed their parents to learn more about what they do at Wolverine Worldwide.
“We always embrace opportunities to engage with younger generations, especially when it comes to helping them understand the importance of strengthening our communities and protecting our planet,” said Dani Zizak, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Social Responsibility. “It’s always a highlight of our year when we invite the children of our employees to have fun while learning more about what we do on a daily basis.”
Wolverine Worldwide’s BYCTWD took place in conjunction with the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which occurs during the fourth Thursday in April every year.