Story by Sara Paul
A helicopter hovered overhead while horns and engines roared below. Kids enjoyed an exciting sunny afternoon, while parents experienced anything but a peaceful day.
Golden Hill Elementary’s first Touch-A-Truck event on Sat., Apr. 21 drew a crowd of approximately 600 people and raised more than $3,500 for the school’s PTA.
Families trotted through a packed parking lot observing, photographing, and, of course, “touching” a multitude of multi-wheelers, sports cars, utility trucks, cranes, and fire, police, and ambulance vehicles.
One County Waste Route Driver even challenged his fellow heavy handed horn honkers, claiming that, “We are the loudest truck here!”
Two young boys, who may have heard this decree, were seen jumping into the Waste truck’s front seat, and laying on the horn, truly validating the driver’s claim.
With a quick break in the deafening racket, seven year veteran County Waste Driver Danny Henion took a moment to reflect on the long day.
“It’s great to see the kids playing outside instead of with electronics. This is up close and personal, and they learn not to be afraid of the big trucks,” said Henion.
Organizer and PTA president Kevin Lundell humbly thanked the participants, vendors, and volunteers.
“The community involvement in this event was tremendous. We truly had no idea how great of a day this was going to be, and could not have had a better turnout. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a phenomenal one,” said Lundell.
The event was sponsored by Werner’s True Value, Martin Brower, TAM Enterprise Inc., Kona Ice of Orange County, Orange County Sports Club, Rookie’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, Leo Kaytes Ford, and Greenwood Lake Roaster’s.
Participating vehicles included TAM, Magnum Jetsports LLC, Olori Crane Company, Fair Acres Grass Fed, Aden Brook, E.P Jansen Nursery LLC, County Waste Recycling, Dave’s Lawn Care, Classic Cleaning & Maintenance Services, AJM Trucking Inc., Hollywood Towing, CRC Motorsports, Lawn-In-Order, Have Clothes Will Travel LLC, Johns Landscaping, Affordable Movers, Warwick Ambulance, Warwick Fire Department, Florida Fire Department, LifeNet – Medivac Helicopter, and Game Away, a mobile game truck.
Other vendors and participants were Smokin Grate BBQ, Lil Fry Company, Fearless Cooking Co., United Martial Arts Center, Greenwood Lake Roasters, Pixie Pop face painting and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.