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'Touch A Truck' Set for Oct. 2 at Clifty Park

The city of Columbus will once again provide fire trucks, police cars and other large vehicles and equipment for the annual Touch A Truck event, organized by Family School Partners. Touch A Truck offers a learning opportunity to young children by letting them explore dozens of vehicles.

Chris Schilling, with Community Development, says the city will have a fire engine, police car, the SWAT team vehicle, the ColumBUS, sanitation trucks and other equipment available for children to see and touch at the annual free event. It will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Clifty Park and is open to all kindergarten and preschool students. Mayor Kristen Brown will attend the event to meet and talk with the children about their learning experience.

“We are delighted by the excitement of our community’s young residents as they get up close and learn about how our equipment and people provide essential city services,” 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.”

Hundreds of children participate in the annual event, getting to sit behind the wheel of a police car, ride up into the air in a city bucket truck. Family School Partners expects to have about 40 vehicles on hand from the city and other partners, including a helicopter.

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 and learn what they do. Family School Partners is a Bartholomew County nonprofit organization 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.

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 1:42:11 PM

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