March 1, 2008
After county and city authorities expressed curiosity about Bastrop, Texas-based Texas Aggregate LLC, the operation opened its doors to them to show what it was all about. “We showed them our operation, and they were impressed with it,” says Barry Dobbs, equipment manager for Texas Aggregate LP.
But that also made Dobbs and others at the aggregate producer realize that many others aren’t familiar with the operation, what it does, or even the role it plays in everyday life.
This sparked the idea of “adopting” a school and educating students about what aggregates are and why they are important so Texas Aggregate decided to start an “Adopt-a-School” program for Lost Pines Elementary, also located in Bastrop, Texas, where Dobbs’ children, ages 6 and 8, attend school.
“We’ve tossed around the idea of having people come out to do a tour, and I thought it would be a good idea to educate the community and even the schools about what we do,” Dobbs says. “I’m part of the local volunteer fire department, and every year we do a fire prevention month. I thought we could do the same with what we do.”
At Aggregates Manager press time, Texas Aggregate was planning to hold the program Feb. 18-20 for third- and fourth-graders. Aggregates Manager’s “Cubee the Aggregate” coloring book will be used for the third-graders, and its “You’re on Rock” workbook will be used for the fourth-graders, who will also go on a tour of the operation. Click here for more information about the above mentioned books.
“The curriculum promotes junior engineers, mining, and scientists,” Dobbs says. “As a company, we want community awareness of what we are about, what we do, and how it affects everyday life. We want the students to be aware that the roads they are driving on, the concrete buildings they use, and many other things come from materials made from aggregates.”
Dobbs says there will be a major focus on safety during the program. The children will be given real hard hats and safety glasses. “We want to implement the safety aspect out on the jobsite,” he says.
In the future, Dobbs says Texas Aggregate hopes to open up its program to schools countywide. As the program grows, it will adopt additional schools. “We’re hoping that people will understand the process and all the safety and regulations — that we are not just out here digging up the land, but we are providing a service to the community.”
The above is reprinted from Aggregates Manager March 2008 issue.
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