The day I learned how the lights stay on

Editor’s note: The following article was written by the 9-year-old daughter of a Tri-State employee who, along with many other youngsters, participated in “Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work” day at Tri-State’s headquarters on April 26.

Kids of people who work at Tri-State got to be at work with their parents on Thursday, April 26, experiencing the world at Tri-State. This is a national event called Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day. The event is to educate children around the country to see what their parents do for a living and teach them why work is important.

My day started with a meeting first thing in the morning to help plan the day. I got an assignment to write this story. Next, I took a tour of the operations center with other kids visiting Tri-State and saw how electricity is kept flowing in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

In the afternoon, I went on another tour of an area called energy markets. I learned how Tri-State gets just enough electricity to houses so people can turn on their lights, cook their meals, get Internet access and many other important things. Next, I went to a meeting and listened to a group of people plan how to make a new tool kit to help people use Tri-State’s electricity smarter.

I had a fun day and it seemed like the people working at Tri-State work hard and do their jobs well. I’m glad I got to experience Tri-State and learn how important electricity is to us. (The chocolate in the graphics department was a big bonus, too!)

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