Kids love trucks.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, children can get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks during the inaugural “Touch-A-Truck” fundraiser for the Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center at the North Georgia Fairgrounds. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 2 and younger are free.
“Touch-A-Truck” is an expo where local businesses and individuals display their vehicles and equipment. Children and their families will be able to see the vehicles and talk to their operators. Plenty of trucks are expected: fire trucks, dump trucks, tractor trailers and more. But the event isn’t limited to trucks. Police cars, sheriff’s office cars and other smaller vehicles such as classic and antique cars will be on display.
Curtis Callaway, a day care center board member, said the group wanted to hold an event that would give families “something they could do together and was affordable.” The event made sense because this type of heavy equipment “is really the backbone of our manufacturing community in many ways with the flooring industry, construction and rental companies here,” he said.
“I have two boys and anytime we go anywhere, they say, ‘What’s in that truck?’” Callaway said. “To be able to capture that in one central location, I think it will be a lot of fun.”
The event also serves as an educational experience, said Debbie Rector, the day care center director.
“A lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to go and stand beside a big truck, a concrete truck, the power truck or any of these things we have coming,” Rector said. “It’s just a fun experience, but it can also be a very good learning experience. Research shows that hands on is where children are going to be able to learn, by seeing it in person and not just in a picture.”
Since this is the first year for “Touch-A-Truck,” the organization is not requiring a display fee.
“We’re asking for them to donate half of their day to putting a smile on a child’s face,” Callaway said.
Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center, a United Way agency, is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round child care for children ages 15 months to 8. The center serves 175 children.
For more information about the event, call Callaway at (706) 508-3189 or the day care center at (706) 278-8991.
Day care center fundraiser planned for Sept. 22
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