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Learning about life on the move

Staff writer

People who drive trucks and other equipment as part of their careers gathered Friday in the parking lot of Marion’s Sports and Aquatic Center to explain to elementary school students about working in their fields.

Justin Hett of Hett Excavation brought a flatbed truck loaded with an excavator.

He talked about how the equipment was used in preparing ground for building and evacating water and sewer lines and other equipment.

“We told them what it was, and different things you can do with it, and let them ask about it,” Hett said. “They asked about how much it weighs, how to get it off the truck, and random questions.”

Hett and his wife always are interested in helping the schools.

“We brought a set of steps down so the kids could get up and sit in the seat.
Hett said. “We didn’t get to run it but we let them know how it works.”

Andale Construction and Andale Ready Mix brought a truck to move the excavator to the center parking lot, Hett said.

Hett has been in business 15 years.

Riley Hake with the city of Marion’s electrical department demonstrated a bucket truck used to repair and replace electric lines.

Emergency Medical Service brought two ambulances and talked about what it’s like to respond to medical emergencies. Students got a close-up look by sitting inside the ambulance and to see the gurney and equipment.

After Trevor Smith of Kansas Department of Transportation’s Marion office explained what is done with a dump truck with a spreader, he told fourth graders they could climb up into the cab for a thorough look.

“If anybody wants to, you can get up inside,” Smith said. “Just don’t honk the horn, please.”

Classes went from one display to another, sat on the pavement, and listened attentively. When they were permitted to look inside cabs, they clambered up the stairs for a closer look.

Last modified May 26, 2022