Trucks, kids have a blast together

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On the job: Luke Mealon dons Con Edison safety gear.
Fierce face: Georgia Irving shows off her face paint.
On a roll: Jack Riehl sits on a wheel bigger than him.
In the driver’s seat: Christian Matias takes the wheel.
Boy’s best friend: Ellis Mueller holds a dog up for adoption at the event.

Truck yeah!

Kids flocked to PS 295 for the chance to get a close-up with all manner of trucks and other vehicles in Greenwood Heights on May 2.

The school’s annual “Touch-a-Truck” event got tots up close and personal with cherry pickers, police cruisers, moving trucks, and other extremely exciting thrills on wheels. Some youngsters relished the opportunity to flex their power over the police loudspeaker, even if they did not know quite what to do with it, according to one mom.

“They kept telling the kids they could say anything, like ‘You’re under arrest.’ But she just kept saying ‘Hello,’ ” said Nomi Altabef, whose three-year-old daughter Lizzie Mervin got to project her voice through the loudspeaker.

Touch-a-Truck, which is in its fifth year, raised funds for PS 295’s Parent-Teacher Organization. In past years, the event raised money that went toward art supplies, a music program, and hiring part-time teachers.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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