July 23, 2021

HES hosts annual Careers on Wheels Day

Employees and contractors from several local public and private service agencies were on hand on Friday May 11 at Heard Elementary School for the annual “Careers on Wheels” day.

The annual event offers students ages 5-12 at the school a chance to observe and interact with workers from several different fields and most importantly to see their big trucks up close and personal.

According to school counselor and organizer of the event, Mart Hyatt, Truck Day provides a real-life learning experience for students to remember until they graduate high school and decide on a career.

[gpslideshow]Photos by Stephanie Hyatt

Hyatt credits the parents with the success of the event. “It promotes parental involvement by letting parents discuss their jobs to the kids. Most of our participants are parents. This was our second Truck Day. It was a huge success because of the parents willingness to participate. I was amazed at how many people wanted to join last year and this year was even better,” stated Hyatt.

In addition to the Heard Elementary students who got to participate, students from Centralhatchee and Ephesus Elementary Schools were also on hand for the fun and entertaining learning experience. Each driver spoke to over 900 kids about how important work related vehicles provides their everyday needs, ranging from electricity to the paper they write on.

“Truck Day has been a great success for us for the last two years.  It has provided a wonderful opportunity to involve our parents and community in a career day activity that is very age appropriate for our students.  This year we were also pleased to host Centralhatchee and Ephesus Elementary.  Both schools transported students to Heard Elementary so that they could also enjoy this special event.  Thanks to Mr. Hyatt and all involved for a great job!”~Heard Elementary Principal Debbie Willard

While the students obviously enjoyed all the trucks on hand, the highlight of the day was the arrival of the Air-Evac rescue team via helicopter.

Students were able to learn the importance of work-related vehicles and how they provide most all of our everyday needs. “I want to thank all involved, including community agencies, parents, school staff, and our PTO for making this event the best ever for our students,” stated Hyatt.

Participants in this year’s Truck Day included Coweta EMC,  Ga Power,  Dot,  RTI (Mack and Curtis Mock),  Heard EMS, Franklin Police Department (Kevin Hannah), Heard County Sheriff’s Office (Ross Henry), Bonnell/AAA (Scott Cooper), Budget Towing (Shane Manders), Guyan Trucking (Guy Spradlin), Air-Evac  Lifecrew, and the Georgia State DOT.


  1. TRUCK Driver says

    Great article on the schools and community. It is a good idea.

  2. Mart Hyatt says

    A special thanks to Rance Kirby, Randall Curbow, Jerome Arrington, Mr Betts, Mr Brewer, Angie Mock, Missy Welborn &Blake from Air – Evac Team, HES Staff & Students, HES PTO-
    Terri, Regina, Reece and all parents that helped.
    Thank You,
    Mart Hyatt

  3. Mart Hyatt says


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