April, 24, 2008. The special day coincides with the public school Spring break and Passover holiday, so children of employees traveled ACS corridors in record numbers. Nearly 200 youth participated in mask-making, yoga classes and tours of the various offices at ACS headquarters on 150 Williams Street. In the newest Bronx borough office at 1200 Waters Place, staff rivaled that number by bringing 155 children to take part in the programs there. "Your parents work very hard to protect the well-being of the city's children," said Commissioner John Mattingly to the young people gathered at ACS headquarters. "The next time someone asks you what your parents do, you can be proud to tell them that your mom or your dad helps keep New York City's children safe."
The youth got lessons in time-keeping, processing paychecks and also tours at each location. At day's end, one would hope that many of these young people might be inspired to become part of the work at Children's Services.
Photos from the event
Children join in mask-making fund with Selina Higgins, Director of Training, Design and Implementation and Magdalena Leszko, Child Protective Specialist in Staten Island
A visit to the Graphics Office with staffer Linda Downey
Investigative Consultants Susan Fox and Annette Spellen put our visitors through their paces
ACS staff bring their children – more than 150 of them – to the Bronx borough office at 1200 Waters Place