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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the Treasury Department

Most people who come to the Treasury Department are old enough to file their own taxes. But for the 20th year of the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work program, we welcomed the children of our employees to Treasury to learn more about the work their mothers and fathers do. 

Our visitors heard directly from Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin about Treasury and its role in the economy. He also answered their questions, many of which were about the coins and bills many of the children save in their piggy banks. Inquiring minds asked the Deputy Secretary “do we still make the $2 bill?” (find out here!) and “why do Presidents appear on our money?” (get the answer here!).  Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, whose signature is featured on United States paper currency, also took questions and signed dollar notes each child brought in for them to take home.

Our young visitors also learned about the Treasury Building itself, which is the oldest departmental building in Washington and, at the time of its completion, was one of the largest office buildings in the world.  On their tour of 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, the kids saw the building’s 19th century vaults, learned about the previous Treasury Secretaries whose life-size portraits hang on the walls, and saw some of the offices where important decisions have been made throughout history.

Though Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day occurs just once a year, there are always opportunities to learn more about Treasury’s work and the history of the Department.  For both kids and grown-ups, a tour of the Treasury Building is time well spent.

Nani Coloretti is Acting Assistant Secretary for Management.