The Great American Teach-In is an annual event to celebrate American Education Week. Dylan and his Blackwater Ford Raptor Pro Truck were invited to come out and visit with the kids. Even though the Polk County Forestry and the F.B.I. were set up right next to Dylan on the P.E. field, his race truck was the talk of the day. As the kids were filing out to the field to rotate through the exhibits that were set up for them, all you could hear was, “cool race truck” and “that’s what I want to be”.
Dylan got a chance to share with over 500 students throughout the morning at Combee Elementary in Lakeland. He even commented at the end of the day how surprised he was on how well behaved all the classes were. The younger classes Pre K to 1st were amazed that Dylan actually sits in what looks to be a car seat. Dylan explained to them how his seat and his safety harnesses (seatbelts) hold him in when he wrecks just as theirs is designed to do. They were also intrigued that even though he sits inside the truck that he still wears a helmet.
Now the older groups, well they had many great questions. They wanted to know why he chose racing, why there aren’t any door handles, and how many wrecks he has been in. I believe the most common one by the girls was did he have a girlfriend? Dylan explained how he uses the simple things they are learning today in school to be able to race his truck. That Algebra, Geometry and Science all play very vital parts in setting up his truck. He stressed to them that even though he gets to do something fun like drive a race truck he still goes to school and how important his education is to his career of racing.
One young boy asked Dylan if he was famous. Dylan replied with a smile, “No not yet”. But it didn’t take long for another child to raise his hand and reply, “Well, you are famous to me. You came here to talk to us.” I don’t think Dylan could have smiled any larger than he did. Dylan left the playground that afternoon with over 500 “Good Luck” smiles for this weekends Championship race at Auburndale Speedway.
Dylan wants to give a special thank you to Asst. Principal LaSabra Patterson and Lori Bargeron for all their hard work in organizing this event for their students.
(Photo/Press Release Credit – Kim Scheffler)