Image of two UCDRC children at the Monster Truck Jam, holding race flags

UCDRC Takes Families to Monster Truck Jam

Image of driver with student smilingThe Urban Child Development Resource Center (UCDRC) received complimentary tickets to Monster Truck Jam at the Wright State University Nutter Center on February 2, 2013. Hannah’s Treasure Chest of Centerville, with whom UCDRC partners, received tickets from the sponsor of the show, Irvin Public Relations of Columbus, and asked UCDRC family advocates to identify families from Dayton urban Catholic schools to attend. Families were treated to a special private party with the monster truck drivers, before the event, where they enjoyed donuts and juice and received a bag of gifts. Meeting the drivers, gathering autographs, and seeing the monster trucks up close made the evening all the more special. 

Michelle Sherman and Pam Halter, Family Advocates for UCDRC, invited families from Mary Queen of Peace, Immaculate Conception and Mother Brunner Catholic Schools. After discussion with school principals, several factors were considered in awarding tickets. Students were considered if they had been nominated for carrying out special acts of kindness during Catholic Schools Week; if they had never had such an opportunity in the past; or if they had entered a raffle at an open house earlier in the school year.  In all, 17 children, each accompanied by an adult guest, were invited to attend.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest graciously provided an additional 20 tickets to the Monster Truck Jam show held earlier in the day. In all, UCDRC was able to provide a fun-filled day to 12 Catholic school families. The children’s smiles were priceless!

Letter of Appreciation from Parent


Perhaps the best testament to the day was expressed in a thank you letter from one very appreciative parent:

Dear All,

I would just like to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible for our family! It was a wonderful experience and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. It will be a lasting family memory for everyone. The chance to talk with the drivers up close and personal about themselves and how they built their trucks, etc., was really awesome! We actually felt like we made friends with a few of them! And the gifts ... that was so awesome! I just smile when I see my kids sitting around the house with their blankets over them doing their work or playing. (It's cold in our house.) And they proudly wear their hats with the signatures on them to school. It just was an overall great experience for everyone!

Thank you again for the best day we've had in a long time!!