Milton Area School District hosts 'touch a truck' day Saturday

May 12—MILTON — The Milton Area Career and Technical Education Programs and Skills USA program plans on making the "touch a truck" day an annual event at Baugher Elementary School.

On Saturday, despite a light rain, dozens of children arrived at the school to get a chance to see some heavy equipment, firetrucks and even some tractors up close.

Program director Amanda Smith said she was excited about the day and happy to see children arrive and get a chance to see the machines and vehicles and ask questions.

"This is something that we wanted to do to give students a chance to come and see what is out there and to ask questions of people," she said. "We plan on doing this every year, as it has been a success for us."

Milton High School senior Abbey Kitchen, 18, said she is part of the diversified occupation program in the district, and wanted to help with other students.

Kitchen works at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, as a nursing assistant and credits the program for her success.

"It's great and has helped me so much, she said. "I wanted to help with this program and get to meet other students and explain how this could be beneficial to them."

Kitchen said she also likes to see the younger children attend.

"It's great seeing the smiles on their faces when they get to get inside a truck or any a piece of equipment," she said.

Asher Derck, 4, said he loved the tractors.

"It's fun to sit on this and see how it works," he said. "I am enjoying seeing all the different things here."

Smith said the event averages about 500 people, and she thanked the 20 local businesses that participated.

"It's great they are here to help and also get their names out there," she said. "We think this will continue to grow."