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Touch a Truck Day at KLR

Oct. 23, 2018

touch a truckIt takes a village – not only to raise a child, but also to keep a community safe and functioning. On Friday, Oct. 17, a huge fraction of that proverbial village came out to Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School so that students could have the opportunity to learn more about the people and organizations that surround them on “Touch A Truck Day.”

Representatives from the New York State Police, Mobile Media, New York State Energy and Gas Corporation, Monticello Central School District’s Building and Grounds Department, the United States Post Office, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the Monticello Fire Department all lined the curb outside of the entrance to the building with their trucks. Students filed past, pausing to see demonstrations such as how the police turn on their sirens and lights, or how big the Monticello Highway Department’s drill is, and asking questions about how mail gets sorted or how high up the fire engine’s ladder can reach.

“We’re so grateful to all of these organizations, not only for taking the time to visit our students, but also for the work they put in each and every day,” KLR Principal Michelle Knowlton said. “When our students have the chance to get up close and personal with these organizations, it helps them to know that they’re surrounded by a community that supports them and teaches them how to be a good neighbor.”