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Inflatables, Big Truck Day highlight RLCF Children’s Center area at Warrior Fest

Spend the afternoon playing, learning, and exploring Rend Lake College’s campus with the whole family in the children’s area of Warrior Fest and Preview Day. The activities, hosted by the RLC Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC), will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 on the Ina campus.

The RLCFCC will feature many free, popular items from past years, including a number of inflatables manned by RLC AmeriCorps students and Big Truck Day. At Big Truck Day, popular vehicles and equipment will return from years past, including tow trucks, dump trucks, fire trucks, police squad vehicles, ambulances, backhoes, combines, tractors, cement mixers, and much more.

Parents and children lined up to climb into tractors and big trucks of all sizes during Warrior Fest in 2016. In addition to Big Truck Day, the RLC Foundation Children’s Center also plans to host free events and a silent auction this year.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Brooke May, RLCFCC Director, said Big Truck Day is always a highlight because it gives the children a chance to climb inside and play with out-of-the-ordinary vehicles, plus speak with the professionals who man them.

“It is important for the kids to get hands-on experience, because children learn through doing and seeing. When a child gets to touch the equipment, climb on it, and ask questions directly of the person who operates the equipment, it becomes a real, exciting experience,” said May. “Each child will remember climbing on a huge combine, rather than simply reading about one in a book.”

The children’s area also features several free events. RLC’s Project CHILD will offer car seat safety checks for parents and Dental Safari will be available for dental checks. A silent auction will line the hallways of the Academic Building to raise funds for updating security cameras at the RLCFCC.

Throughout the day, parents of students who attend or wish to attend the Children’s Center will also have a great chance to meet the center’s teachers and staff. A pre-registration sign up for potential students in the spring will also be available. The RLCF Children’s Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for more than a decade.

For additional information about the children’s events or Big Truck Day, contact Brooke May at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1393 or [email protected].