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Car cruising starts up inside Poland Preschool

May 9, 2018
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

While May is typically when car cruises and car shows have their start, at one Poland location, a big show and cruise took place in April. It was the cardboard car event at Poland Presbyterian Weekday Preschool, 2 Poland Manor.

"Our preschoolers learned about transportation and enjoyed a visit from Dr. Cardboard, last month," said John Hritz, spokesperson for Poland Presbyterian Weekday Preschool. "Parents and grandparents were invited to this event. The kids learned about recycling, decorated his/her car, and got first place ribbons at our car show."

The children were members of Director/teacher Cindy Hritz and teacher Mary Pugh's preschool classes. Both assisted their classes in building and decorating their cardboard cars.

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It was a car show like no other as the children at Poland Presbyterian Weekday Preschool displayed cardboard vehicles they helped build and decorate. Pictured are students, with their rides, Noah Kane, Harrison Hinkle, Ella Mattson, Micah Tran, Nathaniel Lisovitch, Thomas Kivlighan,, Kenzie Kivlighan, Rosie Theodore, Chloe Payne, Emme Crook, Ben Ciavarella, Mafison Gary, Madden Munford, and Bailey Tournoux.

The special guest builder was Dr. Cardboard, known to the adult population as Terry Smith. Smith has taught recycling using cardboard boxes for years.

"He makes cars, planes, rocket ships and even sleds," Hritz said. "He and his wife own and operate the Use It Again Educational store located in the old South Range building in North Lima."

It was Cindy Hritz who approached Smith about visiting the school and they came up with the idea of transportation and building cardboard cars. The parents of the children assisted in assembling the cars and in reinforcing them with hot glue under Dr. Cardboard's strict guidance. Once the basic car was complete the children got to decorate the cars using recycled items for steering wheels, knobs, and hub caps. Children also used markers, bingo daubers, foamies, and stickers.

Hritz said when the cars were completed, children "drove" their car to the car show where each was awarded a first place ribbon.

The children also learned about street signs and were encouraged to drive his or her car in the hall. Once each child knew the signs, each child received his/her preschool driver's license. The children all took their cars home.

"We hope to make this an annual event at our preschool," Hritz said.



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