This fall, children and their families had the opportunity to see, touch, and explore a variety of vehicles at a Touch a Truck event hosted by the Shawnee Mission Parents as Teachers (SMPAT), SMPAT PTA, and Project Blue Eagle.
With assistance, children were able to get behind the wheel and learn about an ambulance, sleeper semi-truck, UPS package truck, snow plow, police car, and fire truck.
SMPAT PTA president Colleen Schiffer shared Parents as Teachers holds monthly events and group connection activities. “The Touch a Truck event turned out really well, and the kids really enjoyed it. They were able to be outside and see new things that they don’t see every day,” Schiffer added.
The event was held at the Shawnee Mission School District Career and Technical campus and was facilitated by Project Blue Eagle Signature Program students and staff. Project Blue Eagle provides an opportunity for high school students to explore opportunities in law enforcement, fire fighting, and emergency medical response.
"Our Project Blue Eagle students and instructors enjoy sharing their passion for public safety and emergency services with others, particularly our youngest students. We were excited to partner with the Parents as Teachers team to make this event a success and look forward to continued collaboration in the future,” expressed Dr. Ryan Flurry, principal of career education campuses and coordinator of career and technical education.
The mission of Parents as Teachers is to promote early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. For more information on becoming involved in SMSD Parents as Teachers, joining SMPAT PTA, or to learn about upcoming events, click here.