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Kids come to work with parents, learn about Tribe

HOLLYWOOD — As much as the humans tried to be educational, informative and entertaining with activities such as fire hose demonstrations and ice cream-making, they were no match in popularity against a creature with four legs and a vehicle with two wheels.

Asked what were the best parts of the Tribe’s Take Your Child to Work Day, youngsters Michael Grant and Lanier Morgan each said watching an alligator demonstration and being able to climb aboard a Seminole Police motorcycle were their favorite highlights.

Michael is the son of Sandra Grant, an assistant property manager with Building & Grounds; Lanier is the son of Unethia Brown, an educational advisor assistant. They were among the approximately 50 Tribal employees and children who spent April 27 together in Hollywood while learning about Seminole culture and government.

Take Your Child to Work Day was organized by the Human Resources Department and featured participation from Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Okalee Village, Billie Swamp Safari, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Allied Health Department, Fire Rescue, Seminole Police, Human Resources and Seminole Media Productions.

“It turned out beautifully,” said Katonya BienAime, Human Resources assistant director. “Everything came together. All the departments that participated we’re willing to pitch in and we hope to do it again next year.”

The alligator session featured the daring Trey Hintoon, of Billie Swamp Safari, tempting and toying with an antsy alligator while Everett Osceola provided educational commentary as spectators, most with cell phone cameras pointed at the action, circled a ring on the front yard of headquarters.

Youngsters and their parents also received hands-on cooking tips from Allied Health, participated in culture activities from the Museum, and learned potentially life-saving CPR instruction from Fire Rescue.

“I learned how to do CPR,” Lanier Morgan said.

“He can save his mommy’s life if something happens,” his mother said.

The session wrapped up with a tour of the Tribe’s emergency vehicles and apparatus in the back parking lot. Climbing onto SPD’s shiny motorcycle proved to be a popular activity as did operating a fire hose with assistance from Fire Rescue.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at

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