From police dogs on the beat to learning how to run your own business, this yearsTake Our Daughters and Sons to Work Dayat West Virginia UniversityThursday, April 26is a sure bet to open young minds to the intellectual benefits of being a Mountaineer.

WVU s workplace will shave off a few years when the children of University employees accompany their parents to work for the day, which runs from 8 a.m.-noon in the Mountainlair student union on the Downtown Campus.

The national day is an offshoot of the popularTake Our Daughters to Work Dayby the Ms. Foundation for Women. WVU s day is sponsored annually by the Council for Womens Concerns through the Presidents Office for Social Justice.

Parents are requested to pre-register on the Council Web site atwww.as.wvu.edu/cwc/. A link to the registration form will be available through 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Telephone registrations may also be made at 304-293-8769.

After the 8 a.m. breakfast and registration in the Gluck Theatre, students will head to a series of fun, hands-on workshops at various locations across the �€~Lair.

Two deputies and one faithful dog from the Monongalia County Sheriffs Department will offer up a canine demonstration while giving information on the countys Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE , as is commonly known in schools across the region.

The wonders of nature and the Earth will be explored and explained in kid-friendly sessions on physics and geology.

Youngsters will learn the particulars of fingerprint-taking from WVU forensics students and the College of Business and Economics will even offer tips on starting ones own business to any budding entrepreneurs in attendance.

Each rotating session runs around 25 minutes.

Tours of a Monongalia County Emergency Services ambulance will be available, too, for students thinking about a career in the medical profession.

Getting youngsters thinking about education and careers is exactly the point of the day, said Harriet Loth, a Council of Womens Concerns member who has spent the past couple of years helping plan the day.

Young people might know that mom and dad work at WVU , but they might not yet realize all the opportunities we have to offer,Loth said.When they see whats out there, they start working toward a goal. And thats what this is all about.

WVU Hospitals is also participating in the day with a full morning of activities from demonstrations of the popularDance, Dance Revolutionfitness game to hands-on demonstrations of dentistry, DNA analysis and cardiac care.

Some 16 million youngsters across the country traditionally accompany their parents to work for the day, the Ms. Foundation said.