Special CAAC Kids Event Promotes Environmental Awareness, Family Fun

Growing up in rural Michigan, youngsters regularly are exposed to the wonders of nature: elk, deer, coyotes, foxes, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, loons, squirrels and even bears.

But what about the equally fascinating wonders of industry?  What about the cars, the trucks and the other special vehicles, both large and small, that will impact their lives on a daily basis for years to come?

Thursday, in cooperation with CAAC’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs, US 131 Motorsports Park will provide kids an opportunity to get up close and personal with all the vehicles that build, serve and protect their community.

The fourth annual Touch-A-Truck event will let kids get hands-on with some of the vehicles they usually see only from a distance.  If it has wheels, chances are you will see it. There will be a plethora of vehicles to see and touch such as tractors, dump trucks, police cars, fire trucks and other rescue vehicles.  Of course racecars too!

And it’s all free of charge from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The programs managed by Community Action of Allegan County are valuable in helping families prepare children for academic and social success. The CAAC’s Head Start and Early Head Start are about building relationships that support family well-being through ongoing learning and developmental initiatives for both parents and children.

When family engagement activities are systemic and integrated, research has shown that they produce children who are healthier and better prepared for the educational experience.  Activities like Touch-A-Truck are grounded in positive, ongoing and goal-oriented relationships with families.