Blue skies welcomed more than 800 people at the first “Touch a Truck” event at Globe University campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The free, safety event allowed kids to see and explore.
16 vehicles lined Globe’s grassy lot including: fire trucks, police cars, construction equipment, busses, an ambulance, a TV weather van, Postal vehicle and more. Kids got to jump behind the wheel, honk the horns, and talk to the men and women who run the vehicles. It honored the local, every day heroes that make our communities great.
“Saturday really turned out to be a lot of fun and great attendance,” said Kevin Hansen with School Bus Inc.
The Great Plains Zoo mobile was also present with crew of great critters on display. The staff explained to kids about tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, a leopard gecko and more.
Inside the building were also a plethora of free, child friendly activities including:
fingerprinting, face painting and fun with the Vet Tech animals. Globe sponsored the national organization, “Keeping Kids Safe” to provide FBI digital quality fingerprints. Something the Criminal Justice chair thinks was a huge draw.
“At Globe University we have a ‘We Care’ philosophy,” said Teresa Schulte, Globe University Criminal Justice Program Chair. “We want to give back to the community in which we work, and so it’s just a fun free family event for Sioux Falls families.”
Santa also made a rare, summer appearance. His balloon creations along with the bubble machine were a hit.
The great day was for a great cause. A free-will donation was collected for the fingerprinting and face painting with proceeds going to the South Dakota Heart Association Heart Walk.