Touch a Truck

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Photo Credit: Amir Baz

Amir Baz

The UM-Flint Department of Public Safety held their third annual Touch-A-Truck event on Sept. 26 which brought nearly 1,000 students, families and law enforcement agencies to the William S. White Building parking lot.

The event started three years ago when Department of Public Safety Director Ray Hall went to Student Government with the idea of a partnership to build the relationship between law enforcement and citizens in our community. Three years later the event has grown with new departments joining the cause and more families attending.

Student Government and Block Club still help sponsor and volunteer at the event.

Fire trucks, ambulances, bob cats, and the Michigan State police brought their helicopter out for kids to ride in. All around the event children were turning sirens on, jumping on motorcycles, or pretending they were firefighters. There were also bounce houses, face paint, hot dogs and karaoke. Children everywhere were excited to jump into different vehicles, dragging their parents to each and every one.

Director Hall said he believes that these relationships should be built when citizens are young to build a relationship with the children so when they grow up they are able to take those memories and recall the amount of fun they had. There was laughter and smiling faces everywhere for the third year of Touch-A-Truck.