On a bright, summer day, sounds of children learning from the library parking lot could be heard from a mile away. Loud horns honking and laughter flooded the surrounding area of the Farmington Community Library from the Lunch with Trucks event sponsored by EJH Construction, Inc.
Without a single cloud in the sky, more than 400 children and parents braved the heat on June 16 for Lunch with Trucks. Kids and parents alike were immersed in a fleet of construction vehicles including EJH Construction cranes, bulldozers and other disaster response vehicles. Special appearances
at the event were made by City of Farmington Police cars and Fire Department trucks.
Several lines formed of eager children who took turns being hoisted up by their parents into the driver’s seats of the large vehicles. Kids posed for pictures and honked horns while familiarizing themselves with construction and emergency vehicles, some well more than 100 times their size.
“Lunch with Trucks is about kids familiarizing themselves with c
onstruction and first-response vehicles in case there’s one at their house or they’re in an emergency.” Beth Cooke, business development manager of EJH said. “If they get this hands-on-experience now, they won’t be afraid of the vehicles if they’re in that situation.”
While exposing young children to the construction industry, Lunch with Trucks also serves as an event full of discovery and bonding for children and their parents.
“Any time you can help children and families have a good time learning things, you’ve got to love it,” Cooke said.
EJH provided raffle prizes, a sand box and a “book dig” in the scoop of the back hoe vehicle. Children could grab a book to take home from the scoop. Fruit snacks and Hot Wheels toy cars were also given out to attendees. The event was a collaborative effort between the city, EJH Construction and the library to promote summer reading and exposure to large trucks.
“This event is a great way encourage reading as a fun activity,” said Cooke while a family posed with one of EJH’s custom disaster response vehicles.
Children’s librarian Maria Showich-Gallup was happy to see the smiles on so many children’s faces and to see them learning and enjoying the day with family.