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Teaching with Toy Trucks

Zablocki ClassA group of first through third grade students at Clement J. Zablocki Elementary School took a break from their traditional curriculum to participate in some advanced learning opportunities and learn about science and math in a new way.

Thanks to a partnership between Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine, the students received a hands-on learning experience with a STEM lesson plan and the iconic HessToy Truck that has been a holiday sensation every year since it made its debut in 1964 at Hess gas stations up and down the East Coast. Teachers around the country were invited in March to apply for the free STEM kit and Tara Plank at Zablocki was one of the lucky 500 teachers across the nation to win the free kit.


Student from ZablockiThe Hess Toy Truck has been a holiday tradition since 1964 and is one of the longest running toy brands on the market. It is also among the most popular and sells out every year before Christmas. Created by Hess Corporation founder Leon Hess to thank loyal gas station customers, the Hess Toy Truck goes on sale every year in November, signifying the start of the holiday season for children and adults alike. To stay up to date with the Hess Toy Truck, sign up for alerts at and follow Hess Toy Truck on Facebook at, Twitter, and Instagram @HessToyTruck.


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