Kids get to play on big rigs and enjoy other family-friendly activities at the Victor PTSA Touch-A-Truck event

VICTOR — A new fundraising idea for the Victor PTSA will likely drive the little ones crazy.

Big trucks will fill the high school parking lot Sunday for a Touch-A-Truck fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when kids of all ages will not only be able to touch some big rigs, but climb right up on them, look around and hop into the driver's seat.

“We like the idea of fundraisers that involve the whole family and our younger students,” said Carol Prescott, the PTSA's building representative, who endorsed the concept when it was brought up during a June brainstorming session looking for something different for the association's largest annual fundraiser to help cover the cost of field trips and other school-wide programs.

She said one member mentioned a similar event she had been to that was popular among the children and Prescott recalled the awe on her own kids' faces standing next to heavy equipment.

“We would see construction vehicles in the distance, but when you get up close, this is huge,” she said. “I remember their eyes being like saucers.”

When her daughter Sydney, now a freshman, was in first grade, she went on a trip to Tops Friendly Markets in Perinton where she learned about nutrition and the various departments, but Prescott said she thought the best part was at the end when they let the kids walk around in the big tractor trailers. It was all she talked about for hours.

As of Tuesday, 15 vehicles were in the lineup, including local fire trucks, ambulances, farm equipment, and construction and recreational vehicles.

The event will also feature a costumed Batman roaming the grounds and several family activities, including a pinewood derby by Victor Cub Scout Pack 67, a dance party hosted by Orangetheory Fitness, face painting by high school art students and robot demonstrations by the Victor Robotics team.

The cost is $5 per person, which includes five raffle tickets for a prize basket drawing. Children under 2 will be admitted free. Food will also be available from various vendors, including the Meatball Truck, Climbing Vines Cafe & Play, Sugary Delights, and Prima Pop Gourmet Popcorn.

“We're hoping it will be a fun family event,” Prescott said. “The weather, hopefully, will cooperate. It's also a nice time to see people in the community. We're hoping it will be fun for everyone.”

The goal is to raise $7,000 to fund five trips, one each for those in grades K-4. If not met, Prescott said the PTSA will host additional fundraisers such as book fairs and selling Victor Spirit Wear.

Prescott said the school district stopped funding field trips for the lower grades starting with the 2011-12 school year when the PTSA began fundraising to cover the costs while encouraging economical educational trips that did not include a per-student charge.

“There happen to be some wonderful local experiences like Ganondagan and Granger Homestead that we felt were worth the expense, but, in general, we make an effort to find trips that require just the transportation expense,” she said.

For instance, third-graders, for the last three years, have been volunteers at Foodlink with a luncheon picnic; first-graders have been learning about recycling and landfill management by visiting Casella Waste Systems in Stanley; and kindergartens enjoy learning about animals and nature at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta.

“We try to make field trips that are inexpensive,” Prescott said. “We do some cool field trips. We really do value learning through experience instead of just being taught in the classroom. We feel the field trips can provide students with a rich experience that will last a lifetime.”

The PTSA also funds other activities, including guest speakers, author visits, Link Crew and Community Read.

If you go

WHAT:  PTSA Touch-A-Truck fundraiser for field trips and other programs

WHEN:  Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE:  Victor Senior High School parking lot, 953 High St., Victor

COST: $5 per person, free for those under 2