Successful Big Truck Night: September 17, 2015
Big Truck Event at Purdy Elementary! It was a successful community partnership event highlighting the many paths to success that students can take. Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Reichel commented, “On behalf of our entire staff, we would like to thank you for coming together for an inspiring Open House and Big Truck Event. It was an exceptional event with our “Purdy Family” of staff, families and community members coming together to serve and support our school community.”
Purdy PTA and the Purdy Auction Committee brought this idea to fruition on Thursday, September 17th during the school-wide Open House. 2016 is Auction Year at Purdy Elementary. The school auction takes place every other year to raise funds for PTA sponsored events and critical necessities for the enrichment of the school and the education of Purdy students. With big goals for fundraising this year, the PTA thought what better way to kick off their theme of “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” and get ALL Purdy families and students informed, involved and inspired about the auction than to throw a Big Truck Event during Open House Night at school. Each of the Big Truck sponsors and participants provided not only fun for the students, but also possible future career choices they can aspire to.
Sponsors of the event included lead sponsor, Peninsula Light, hosting three vehicles, as well as a community booth with energy conservation information, surge protectors and balls for kids. Other top event sponsors included Paul Kadzik DDS and Associates, Edward Jones – Erin Abrigo, Purdy Veterinary Hospital, and State Farm – Kent Cashman. Gig Harbor Fire Department attended with two fire trucks and informed families about passenger car seat safety. Children had a blast taking pictures in the back of the police car from the Gig Harbor Police Department. Cannon Companies gave away safety bracelets and truck erasers as guests took turns climbing up to sit in their state of the art dump truck. Town and Country Towing entertained others while showing them the workings of their tow truck. A huge favorite for the kids was Game Truck where they took turns playing popular video games inside and dancing outside in front of large video screens. Also attending was the ACE Foreign Language Program and Bricks 4 Kidz with information about after school enrichment programs for kids.
Purdy’s 5th grade students sold pizza- donated by the Brost Family’s Little Caesars- snacks, and drinks as a fundraiser for their class alongside the PTA and auction booths where kids entered a drawing to win one of four minecraft career t-shirts. It was a fabulous evening of community partnerships, family fun, and inspiration for Purdy students.
This event could not have happened without the teamwork of the Purdy PTA, Purdy administration, Purdy families, and of course the support of all of the generous community partners. Joining with local businesses to enrich the education of our children has unlimited potential.
“The Game Truck was really fun. The pizza was a great idea and I liked all the trucks that came, especially the Peninsula Light trucks because of the crates that go up in the air.” Alec Krishnadasan, 4th Grade, Mrs. Reinmuth’s Class.