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Released: 04/14/1999

<p> For the fifth year, Louisiana State University at Alexandria will participate in Take Our Daughters to Work Day on April 22. Take Our Daughters to Work Day is a national day designed to instill confidence in girls and to focus on their ideas, needs and dreams. It was organized in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women and is aimed at girls ages 9 to 15 years to ensure that they will remain confident, strong and in school throughout their teen years. </p><p> LSUA is planning a day full of activities designed to boost self-esteem and provide information on staying healthy and fulfilling dreams. The girls will have fun participating in various activities such as a chemistry lab, nursing lab, self-defense class and water aerobics class. They will also get some on-the-job training in various campus departments as they "job shadow" their sponsor. </p><p> "Not only do the girls get to see first-hand what their parents do in the work place," said Karen Norman, coordinator of this year&acute;s program, "but they also get exposure to nontraditional and traditional roles for women, and they take part in activities that build self-esteem and guide them to fulfill their dreams." </p><p> The 1999 national theme for Take Our Daughters to Work Day is "The Future Is Me." For more information, contact Karen Norman at 473-6489. </p>