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Touch-A-Truck rolls to another big success

Updated 3:47 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2013

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  • James Brys of Geiger's Nursery with Graham Zorumski, 3, of New Canaan, atop a bulldozer Saturday at the Touch-A-Truck event.  WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/23/13 Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Westport News contributed
    James Brys of Geiger's Nursery with Graham Zorumski, 3, of New Canaan, atop a bulldozer Saturday at the Touch-A-Truck event. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/23/13 Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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While Saturday was sunny, un-spring-like temperatures whipped through town by gusty winds, but that didn't keep hundreds from trekking to Coleytown Elementary School for the annual Touch-A-Truck event.

The event, benefiting the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School, featured 35 vehicles, up close and personal for motor vehicle fans of all ages. The wheeled exhibits on display included construction equipment, emergency vehicles, a "Fun Bus," a pet spa van and military police jeep.

"This is our eighth year doing this, and it gets better every year," said Kris Jandora, a member of the publicity committee. "We are again raising funds for the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School, a local non-profit private preschool for children ages 2 to 4.

"The Touch-A-Truck event is one of three major fundraisers we hold each year to support the school," she added. "The other two are a fall tag sale, which serves the community, and a spring social for co-op parents. The funds go toward staff, operations, after-school programs, field trips and scholarship programs."

The nursery school, Jandora said, "is play-based so the environment fosters love for learning and imagination. The first time I visited the school I saw a teacher running an imaginative exercise wherein the children were pretending to be all different parts of nature -- raindrops, puddles, the sun. It struck me that this was a place where kids could start their school career and blossom."

Jandora said the students' parents "are extremely committed and volunteer a great deal of their time in the planning, promotion, coordination, execution and follow-up of the event."\

Parent and community contributions have helped to make Touch-A-Truck a great success, organizers said.

"I've been working on the event for the past five years and have seen the event grow to the extent that it has become a spring destination in the community," said Jandora. "People are automatically looking out for the event now and just need to know the date."

Gault Energy has been a supporter of Touch-A-Truck from the beginning. "We're a home-grown company in our 150th year in Westport and very involved in our community," said Chris Wood, territory manager for Gault oil and propane. "We love to bring our trucks out and meet community members and clients."

Amanda Zorumski, a parent of one of the nursery students, said she looks forward to the event. "I have two boys and it's great to get them out on the trucks they see driving around on a day-to-day basis," she said. "We're missing the Easter egg hunt in New Canaan for this."