Touch a Truck is big hit at Manistee Catholic Central

MANISTEE — The Manistee Catholic Central parking lot was turned into a children’s  big truck dreamland on Thursday evening with the first ever Touch a Truck event.

This view shows some of the wide variety of vehicles that attended the first Manistee Catholic Central Touch A Truck event this week. More than 45 vehicles were part of the event.

Nothing can light up the face of a child more than getting the opportunity to get up close to touch and sit inside a large vehicle. The opportunities to do that were abundant as more than 45 vehicles of all kinds were present for the event.

People passing by Manistee Catholic Central on Thursday evening probably were not only amazed at the number of vehicles they saw, but the sounds they heard as well. Large truck horns and sirens were going off much to the delight of the many children and their families who took part in the event.

Manistee Catholic Central teacher Kelly Santorilla organized the event modeling after something she saw where she previously taught school.

“It was a huge success, as I ran and went to a couple of these when I lived in East Lansing,” said Santorilla. “We have close to 45 vehicles show up and children of all ages had a fantastic time. It was a great community outreach event. The Manistee Catholic Central Alumni Association hosted it and we are grateful to them.”

She said that after talking with some of the people at Manistee Catholic Central everyone was on board and ready to join in the fun.

“The whole event was free and my dad Todd Erickson really helped me get a lot of the vehicles,” said Santorilla who then added with laugh,” said Santorilla. “The kids could come in with their families and check out all the trucks, sit in them and there was a lot of horn beeping going on.”

The state police and Manistee County Sheriff office canine units were two of the popular vehicles that children enjoyed visiting at the Touch a Truck event.

Santorilla said the event was well received by all who attended it, both the kids and families as well as those who were displaying vehicles.

“The kids really had a good time and one little boy who was attending was shaking and said ‘all my dreams are coming true Mom,'” said Santorilla. “We had the fire departments, Carl’s Excavating, post office vehicles, Zupin’s crane, the state police with their canine, the sheriff’s canine unit, Fischer Gas trucks, Blarney Castle, Dial-A-Ride, the City of Manistee, Swidorski Brothers Excavating and even the Manistee Blacker Airport brought their giant snowblower which was really cool as no one ever really sees that one.”

Santorilla said what made it special was there was so many different vehicles and the weather also cooperated to make it perfect for viewing them.  The hopes are to turn it into an annual event.

“The Manistee Catholic Central parking lot is big enough for all these vehicles, so we hope to do it again,” she said. “Every child and parents were just happy and in a great mood. Every kid was climbing in and having a great time.”

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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