Danedri Thompson
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When Dave Highfill brought his daughter, Lauren, to work on April 26, things went better than planned.
The Pioneer Ridge Middle School sixth grader ditched classes on Take Your Kid

Lauren Highfill, left, poses with her dad, Dave Highfill in his office at the Gardner News. Lauren visited the office on Take Your Kids to Work Day on April 26. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

to Work Day to spend time with her father getting real-world experience helping Dave sell newspaper ads.
“The Chinese say  things go better in twos. It’s harder to turn down a person when you have two there,” Dave said.
It’s crunch-time for Dave who is trying to sell sponsorships for Gardner Edgerton High School graduates.  The May 17 special newspaper will be the largest graduation edition in the paper’s 100-year history.
Dave has been working on finding sponsors off-and-on for the last two months selling sponsorships for GEHS’ 330 2012  graduates. Having Lauren assist him in sales made the “yesses” more plentiful.
The pairs’ day started as Dave’s day usually does — with the usual from Groundhouse Coffee.
Then they started the daily tour of local businesses.
“We went around town on foot,” Lauren said. “Walking about two miles back and forth through the town.”
Lauren wasn’t sure what to expect as they traveled to storefronts and talked to business owners.
“I was little timid about how it would go, because I didn’t know if there would be enough people to cover who was left on the list,” Lauren said.
At store after store, she asked the now-familiar question: Is the manager here?
“It was a good day,” she said.
The day got even better, when Dave treated Lauren to lunch at Blazer Burger.
“That was pretty good,” she said.