PEARL, Miss. — A fleet of fire trucks, police cars and other heavy equipment will roll into Truskmark Park April 25-26 for the Junior League of Jackson’s Touch A Truck Program.
Organizers said the event gives children their chance to get up close to their favorite trucks and emergency vehicles for a unique educational experience.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is among the participating groups. “We have an ulterior motive in this,” explained Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “We believe, and we believe it strongly, in introducing young people to the engineering construction business as young as we can. Some will say ‘well this is too young.’ Well we are hoping this day is fun for today’s child and will turn into tomorrow’s professional engineer or somebody working in a related construction industry.”
“It’s important for children to learn about fire trucks and understand what we do,” echoed State Fire Marshall Mike Chaney as he discussed his agency’s role in the event at a Monday afternoon press conference.
Touch a Truck will be more than just hands-on. It will also have two hours worth of education. For more information visit, touchatruckjackson.com.