Mitch McNally shows Key Kids participants all the tools in his bag.

Key Kids summer program attendees check out trucks during Wheel On In camp


(8/19/2019)

Cody Rain of Rain and Sons Trucking in Utica lets Key Kids participants climb into his Harley Davidson-themed truck.
Cody Rain of Rain and Sons Trucking in Utica lets Key Kids participants climb into his Harley Davidson-themed truck.


On Thursday, August 1, Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Key Kids summer program hosted Wheel On In camp, where several different trucks were on display for the kids to check out.

The camp was for first and second graders, but all children — 122 attended Key Kids on Thursday — took part in the fun.

The Pickwick Volunteer Fire Department — which included 2018 Winona Senior High School (WSHS) graduate Mitch McNally, 2019 WSHS graduate Laceylyn Merchlewitz and WSHS senior Devin Beier — was among the visitors. McNally and Merchlewitz started as Junior Explorers when they were 14 years old, and now, all three are firefighters.

The kids got to learn about what kind of emergencies they respond to, what equipment they use, and were even sprayed a little by the fire hose to cool off.

The semi truck was driven by Cody Rain of Rain and Sons Trucking in Utica. The kids got to crawl up inside his truck, check out the bed where he sleeps and crawl up the ladder on the tanker. The truck was Harley Davidson themed, but on this day, you could say it was Winhawk themed with its black and orange scheme.

For more information on the Key Kids program, visit https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/keykids. Registration is open for School Year Key Kids.

 

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