How often does one have the opportunity to experience a monster truck visiting your elementary school?
On Friday, one of the big rigs came out to Vinland Elementary for students and staff to gaze upon as a reward for one of the school programs. The school has a PBIS team (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), which aims to enforce students’ expectations of being kind, respectful, responsible and ready to learn, according to principal Bridget Reichel.
“They worked really hard at following those expectations and getting noticed,” Reichel said. “This has been something they’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. They got not only this, but they got a spirit week. This is the culmination of kind of the icing on the cake for our spirit week.”
This unique occasion was the first one the school had ever done, according to Reichel. About six or seven years ago, a school dad brought a Seahawks Kenmore truck for the students to look at. The connection of the school to the monster truck comes from one of the lunch faculty members whose son, John Bruce, is the driver and is part of Straight Up Racing.
The monster truck dubbed “Identity Theft” has a 1952 Chevy Panel Van body style, a 540 c.i. Dart engine and 66” Goodyear tires, according to straightupracing.com. Bruce even revved up the engine and took a few spins around the playground concrete to the students’ amusement.