Dozens of students arrived at CityNews on Wednesday as parents across Canada marked Take Our Kids To Work Day.

Brendan was among a group of Grade 9 students who visited Breakfast Television to take a look behind the scenes.     

“My dad’s colleague’s husband works here,” he said, to laughs. He later stepped behind the camera for BT.

Aspiring broadcaster Rachelle, meanwhile, got to fill in for host Dina Pugliese.

“I want to be like you guys,” she said, but added she didn’t want to get up that early in the morning.

Rachelle chatted briefly with Kevin Frankish, then ended her on-air trial run by thowing to Jenn Valentyne.

The goal of the program is to help Grade 9 students connect the work they do at school to their own futures, by shadowing their parent or another adult for an entire workday.

It’s also designed for students to develop an appreciation for their parents’ careers and roles in supporting their families.

More than 250,000 students are expected to participate in Canada, according to national organizer The Learning Partnership.

The day initially began in the United States in 1993 as Take our Daughters to Work Day. In 2003, the program was expanded to boys. In the U.S., Take Our Kids To Work Day is held in April.

Did you take your kids to work today? Also what did you do if you shadowed someone for the day? Share your stories in the comments below.