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  • Show and tell

  • A lawnmower, truck and tractor roared up the bus lane Monday afternoon at George Nettels Elementary, but teachers were prepared for fourth-grade student Abby Sulliven’s show and tell.



    Sulliven’s teacher, Steve Mahnken, said this has been in the works all year.

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  • A lawnmower, truck and tractor roared up the bus lane Monday afternoon at George Nettels Elementary, but teachers were prepared for fourth-grade student Abby Sulliven’s show and tell.

    Sulliven’s teacher, Steve Mahnken, said this has been in the works all year.

    “Every beginning of the year I get a student and parent survey,” Mahnken said, adding that it includes questions about hobbies.

    “I thought this was very unique,” he said. “I was intrigued.”

    Mahnken said he likes to have families come in and talk about unusual hobbies, and this one fit right in with a unit on machines.

    “At the end of the year, we start talking about simple and complex machines,” Mahnken said.

    However, information on simple machines wasn’t the first thing on student’s minds as the power of the three vehicles, which are used for pulling events, was displayed.

    “Today, Abby Sulliven’s mom and dad decided to come and show us what they do for fun,” Mahnken told the class. “These are complex machines. These are very, very powerful machines.”

    Sulliven’s parents, Tammy and Robert Sulliven, talked about the machines and how they are used.

    “Abby pulls in the 800 and 900 class garden tractor,” Tammy Sulliven said, adding that the family does a lot of competitions in Missouri.

    Robert Sulliven said the lawnmower that Abby drives is a stock lawnmower that has been souped up with other implements, special tires for desired performance, a wheelie bar to prevent her from flipping upside down as she pulls the weight behind her and more.

    Tammy drives a modified Ford truck and pulls in the 5,200 and 6,200 pound two-wheel drive classes, and she and Robert shares with the fourth graders how the back of the truck is similar to monster trucks on TV.

    They also said Tammy does very well in her competitions.

    “Last year, she took first place in both her classes,” Robert said.

    Page 2 of 2 - Tammy said the family does a lot of benefit events, including to raise funds for the Shriners, fire departments, scholarships and more.

    “That’s where our money goes,” Tammy said.

    Ten-year-old Abby has been pulling since she was five years old.

    “We would always watch shows on TV,” she said.

    She said Mahnken’s interest began at parent-teacher conferences.

    “When we went to parent-teacher conferences, we showed him pictures and started talking about it,” Abby said.

    Robert said the family has been pulling together for about 10 years, and it is something he has wanted to do for a long time.

    “I always wanted to get into them when I was a kid,” he said, adding that the family modified the truck and hotrod tractors on their own, but bought Abby’s lawnmower.

    “It’s just a fun, expensive hobby,” Robert said.

    The students, and teachers, also had fun learning about it Monday.

    “This has probably been the biggest show and tell I’ve ever come across,” Mahnken said.

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