FAIRFIELD — Justin Sanchez went to bed early, woke up early and could hardly wait on Wednesday.
His mother, Jessica Sanchez, said the 4-year-old was really, really ready for the annual trike-a-thon at the T.C. McDaniel Center in Fairfield, an event that also involves the city’s preschool program.
About 80 children rode on tricycles and other means of transport in the fundraiser to replace play equipment that wears out from regular use.
Gloria del Rio, a speech and language specialist, said the trike-a-thon gets a big buildup.
“We really make a big deal coming up to the event,” she said. “We really gear up to it.”
Songs including John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” played as children advanced along the circular course. Amber Terrill, the mother of 3-year-old twins Laila and Levi, raised $730 for the trike-a-thon and was still hoping for a couple more checks. Facebook postings helped produce contributions from families and friends, she said.
Jacqueline Estrado-Leon said she gave her 2-year-old son Miguel a general idea about the Wednesday event.
“We just told him we were going to the school and we were having fun,” she said. “Seeing him doing something like this is nice.”
Jay Speck, Solano County superintendent of schools, said the mix of the T.C. McDaniel Center and the city preschoolers works well.
“It gives kids with and without disabilities a chance to interact with each other,” said Speck, who 37 years ago began teaching at T.C. McDaniel. The county schools office operates the center.
Victor Romualdi, senior director of special education for the county office education, said the trike-a-thon is part of an effort to bring together children, their families, the community and school staff.
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