A father-son story spanning PowerSchool careers and campuses, from our Diversity and Inclusion Office
Nicolas Bonatto was 11 years old when he first walked into PowerSchool.
It was Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day in 2003. Apple had just acquired PowerSchool and Nicolas’ dad, Rick Bonatto, worked as a programmer. Nicolas remembers walking around PowerSchool’s Iron Point Road office with a camcorder.
“My friend and I went from department to department, playfully recording employees. Then, we loaded up the footage onto Macs, edited it, and shared it!” Another thing he remembers: “Lots of awesome snacks!”
Fast-forward 14 years and Nicolas returned to PowerSchool—this time, as an Inside Sales Manager. The child-visitor-turned-employee tells us, “My wife and I were looking to move back to Folsom. I was searching through companies and found PowerSchool. It had been 14 years since my dad worked here, and it was very surprising to see how far PowerSchool had come since then, through the growth with Apple and Pearson. I was drawn to apply because my dad had worked at the company and had fond memories of the culture and experience.” And so, Nicolas decided to make the journey back.
A celebration of learning—Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day at PowerSchool
Stories like this reaffirm our belief in the influence and impact parents have on children and the way young minds learn.
At PowerSchool, the Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work (TOSADTW) Day event is an annual celebration of this belief driven by the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Office. This small group of dedicated PowerSchoolers volunteer their time to craft unique, memorable experiences for the curious and wide-eyed group of little visitors who come running into our offices.
This year, the action-packed afternoon featured an Hour of Code in partnership with Code.org, book readings, STEM activity, and enough candy to welcome Willy Wonka—who would have been pleased to see 47 children absorbed in a treasure hunt around the Folsom PowerSchool office, sometimes stopping to share their favorite jokes with thoroughly-tickled employees.
Hardeep Gulati, CEO and Executive Sponsor for the April event, says, “This day is an important one in our calendar. We celebrated TOSADTW in all our 8 offices across 3 countries—with 119 attendees in North America and 42 in India. Welcoming children into PowerSchool means they get to see and learn new and exciting things. We, in turn, get to see them learning. It ties into the very heart of our mission.” Our long-standing TOSADTW tradition invites children to a first-hand experience of their parent’s role in PowerSchool. The event introduces a world of potential careers to explore in education technology, allows children to discover new interests, and pursue new paths. Sometimes, these paths come full circle. Just like it did for Nicolas and Rick Bonatto.