Mayor Kristen Brown welcomes a young resident into the driver seat of a large City of Columbus dump truck on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Touch A Truck event organized by Family School Partners.
Hundreds of local children got hands-on experience with a City of Columbus fire engine, police car, and other vehicles Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Touch A Truck event, organized by Family School Partners.
More than a dozen large pieces of equipment, including vehicles brought by the City of Columbus, were available at Clifty Park for preschoolers and kindergartners to explore.
“We are delighted by the excitement of our community’s young residents as they get up close and learn about our City vehicles,” Mayor Brown said. “I am grateful Family School Partners organizes this wonderful event every year, and that the City can join in this educational opportunity.”
Children were able to sit behind the wheel of a Columbus Police Department patrol car and ride up into the air in a City bucket truck. Other City vehicles on hand included a ColumBUS, sanitation and dump trucks, the Police SWAT and Bomb Squad vehicles, and Fire Engine 3.
Touch A Truck, launched nearly 20 years ago, offers children new experiences and the chance to meet the men and women who operate these big machines. Family School Partners is a Bartholomew County nonprofit that provides free home visits in which parents of preschool-aged children are taught the skills needed to become a child’s first, and most important, teacher.