Dreams inspired by big trucks

By Jennifer Stultz
Pratt Tribune – April 3, 2017

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Big honks, loud sirens and candy in a basket attached to a tall, tall truck — what’s not to love about Big Truck Night, especially for pint-sized persons. For the second year in a row, Parents as Teachers of Pratt hosted a Big Truck Night behind the Pratt High School on Thursday that featured 14 service trucks, tractors, motor graders and a school bus. Area youngsters and their families were invited to enjoy an evening of up-close inspection. “For some of these kids, they are always in town and never get to climb on a tractor or see the inside of a fire truck,” said event organizer Misty Piester. “We like to include a school bus so that preschoolers going into Kindergarten next year can take a look inside and see what it’s going to be like. Piester said support from Pratt Public Works, city departments and local businesses made her job easier, and the more than 115 participants, especially the young ones, really enjoyed the event. “Little kids just love big trucks,” she said. “It inspires them to dream about what they might want to
be in the future. For the volunteers who brought their trucks, tractors and fire-trucks to the event, it was more about providing service to a community. “We look at it as a very important part of our mission,” said Pratt City Fire Chief David Kramer. “We have about 20 volunteer firemen in our division and they all buy wholeheartedly into the perspective that we are here to serve the community because the community serves us.” Pratt City Fire Captain Todd Hoffman lifted countless children into the back of Fire Engine #2 on Thursday, pointing out hoses and explaining how four fully-suited firemen could fit into the back seat of the big red vehicle. More than one youngster popped out with a smile on his or her face, and dream that maybe they could be a fireman or some sort of big truck driver

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