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Annual Salem Elementary Spring Carnival Features New Event: Touch-a-Truck

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The Salem Elementary School spring Carnival was held on Saturday.

It featured a lot of different activities open to the public.

There were carnival games, vendors, face painting, a Zumba-thon, and even a visit from a special guest: Snowbird.

The students got the chance to pie some of their favorite teachers in the face and it was all for a good cause.

"It's for our school PTO, we're going to have a field day at the end of the year with bouncy houses and we get them shirts. Throughout the year we do other various things for the kids, so whatever we raise here goes back to the students of Salem Elementary," explained Chris Walters, president of the Salem Elementary PTO.

This is an annual event that representatives from the PTO said continues to grow.

And that was proven with a number of new events, including a popular one, ‘touch-a-truck.'

It allows children to see police cars, fire trucks, and other rescue units up close and personal.

They were able to ask questions and learn more about the vehicles, and what they can be used for.

The event also gave the kids the chance to talk one on one with the officers and fire fighters.

"They get to meet the cops and the firemen and allow them to realize that we're not just here to take someone to jail but we're here to be their friend and to help them in any situation we can. They might see these cars passing by when they're on the school bus but a lot of times the kids do not get to come and see police cars, ambulances and fire trucks on a positive note," explained Officer Jeff Beach, the K-9 Officer for the Salem Police Department.

HealthNet was also at touch-a-truck and there was a demonstration by the Salem Police Department's K-9 unit.