Touch-A-Truck Touches Down in Westport Again

Zoe Brown, Staff Writer

On Saturday, Mar. 23, the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School hosted the 7th annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser at Coleytown Elementary School.

The event charged $20 per family and the proceeds went to the scholarship fund for the Wesport Weston Cooperative Nursery School.

Parked in Coleytown Elem. School parking lot were the Dapper-n-Diva Mobile Pet Spa van, a Westport Police D.A.R.E. car, an ambulance, a fire engine, a school bus, a Norwalk Transit District bus, a Fairfield Sportsplex bus, and a garbage truck.

Kids were allowed to go inside and explore the vehicles and the owners or operators were there to talk to the kids and answer questions.

Herberto Torres, bus driver for the Norwalk Transit District has been part of the event for five years.

“The kids just have a great time; they sit down, move the steering wheel, beep the horn, and they love it,“ Torres said. “They really do.”

In addition to playing in the trucks, cars, or buses, kids could get their faces painted, go for a ride on the Roaming Railroads train, bounce around in the fire engine-shaped bounce house, or enjoy pizza from Naples Restaurant Pizza Truck along with ice cream from Skip’s Classic Ice Cream Truck. The children at the event ranged from just months old to about 5 years old.

Stacey Konowitz, office manager at Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School, loved that so many families come to partake in the fun.

“It’s great because all our alumni families come back year after year so we get to see them growing up,” Konowitz said.

Connor O’Byrne, father of 3 young boys in the Westport School District, agreed that the number of members of the community who showed up was amazing.

“Meeting other people from the community is a great part,” O’Byrne said.

Other parents felt that their child’s experience at the event was the best part. Kate Moneyhn, a parent of two young boys in the Westport school district, believes that this benefit was a great chance for her kids to get hands on learning and to get out in the community after a long winter.

“The kids are having a blast here,” Moneyhn said. “I haven’t seen them this excited in a really long time.”