4th Annual Touch-a-Truck

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This past Sunday was our 4th Annual Touch-a-Truck event at the Peabody Rec Center with over 1000 people in attendance! The day could not have been any better with perfect weather and a great crowd!

Kids of all ages were able to experience what it was like to be inside firetrucks, race cars, ambulances and even tow trucks! There was plenty of food for guests to enjoy and lots of extra activities to do.  Kids were able to build their own bracelets, get their face painted and get their picture taken with McGruff the Crime Dog.

We want to thank all the organizations that came out. The event could not have been a success without them:

  • Peabody Fire Department
  • Peabody Police Department
  • Atlantic Ambulance
  • Cataldo Ambulance
  • Peabody Transportation School Bus
  • Whoopie Wagon
  • Cod Squad
  • Trolley Dogs
  • Todisco Towing
  • JC Landscaping
  • Peabody Public Works
  • Somerville Public Works
  • D. Beatrice Racecar
  • Stephan Hosker Racecar
  • Mill City Towing
  • Roaming Railroad
  • Aspire Early Intervention
  • Allergy & Asthma Awareness Initiative of Peabody
  • Giovanna Forsley Face Painting
  • Mrs. Eleni
  • Fred Moreau Sand Art

    We also would like to give a HUGE thank you to the Recs Program Coordinator, Reagan Cassidy who organized the entire event this year.  THANK YOU REAGAN!

 

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Recap of April: Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. It is the month in which organizations, families and friends all come together to shine a light on Autism Spectrum Disorder with the Autism Speaks slogan Light It Up Blue. Part of Autism Awareness is educating the world about autism and how it effects 1 in 68 people (US statistics). Team REC organized and participated in a number of events this past month to show our support and love for everyone touched by autism. Combined we had almost 2,000 people involved in lighting it up blue!

Now that April has come to an end and the blue lights are turning off, we all harbor a hope that April’s Autism Awareness will turn into AUTISM ACCEPTANCE for the remaining 11 months of the year.

See below for some picture highlights of the April #LIUB events.

REC Spring Into Autism Awareness EGGstravaganza
March 29, 2015

Team REC of NH

Team REC of NH

EGGstravaganza Craft

EGGstravaganza Craft

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

Salem, MA World Autism Awareness Day Walk
April 2, 2015

Walk Around Salem Commons

Walk Around Salem Commons

Team REC Walkers

Team REC Walkers

REC Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness
April 19, 2015

Touch-a-Truck Crowd

Touch-a-Truck Crowd

Peabody PD and McGruff

Peabody PD and McGruff

Peabody's Newest Junior Firefighter

Peabody’s Newest Junior Firefighter

Autism Speaks’ Day at the Fisher Cats
April 26, 2015

Watching the ball game in style

Watching the ball game in style

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended and participated in any #LIUB events this month! Keep the lights shining!

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Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness

If you found your way to this blog, you most likely don’t need to be reminded that April is Autism Awareness Month. Many families and friends with a loved one on the spectrum experience Autism Awareness every month, but there is still something great to be said about the month of April. April reaches beyond those of us involved on a daily basis and shines a light on the 1 in 68. In April, this light shines so bright in hope that people who need the reminder see it.

One of our last reminders this month is our first ever Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness event taking place on Sunday, April 27th from 10am-12pm at 83 Pine Street in Peabody MA 01960.

We are excited to be hosting this family event and are looking forward to a fun morning. Children and their families will be able to view, touch and interact with the different trucks and vehicles. All sirens, horns, loud engines, etc. will be off during the main event in order to be more Sensory Friendly. At 12pm the sounds will go on for those children hoping to hear them.

In addition to the firetruck, police cruiser, police dive truck, ambulance, school bus, line truck and motorcycles some other organizations will be there showing their support and adding to the fun:

Treadwell’s Ice Cream
Jeanne’s Bakeshop
Roaming Railroad train rides

Special thanks to the Peabody Police and Fire Departments, Salem Police Department, Northeast Regional Ambulance, Peabody Public Schools Transportation, Peabody Municipal Light Plant and our amazing REC Staffers!

To view the event on our calendar, please visit our website.