October 16, 2017
Cemex USA‘s Lytle Creek Plant in Rialto, Calif. hosted its 4th annual Run Around the Rocks fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, the Inland Empire Community News reports. More than 212 runners from 12 out of the 29 schools in the district registered for the event, including Rialto students and their families, school and city officials, and people from local businesses.
“I have always been a firm believer in having the opportunity to enjoy your environment, your space, and getting creative in fun ways to get out and exercise,” Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson told the news agency. “This event offers the opportunity for the community to get out into the rock quarry and see how well it’s being maintained and how the mining industry operates.”
Prize money from the 5K run went directly to the participating school to benefit its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program. Eisenhower High won the top prize of $1,000, Jehue Middle School won $750, Frisbie Middle School won $100, Trapp Elementary took home $750, and Myers Elementary won $600. The mayor told the news agency that Randall Lewis of Lewis Corp. was so amazed by the event and the amount of participation that he donated $100 to every class that did not place. In addition, $4,000 was raised for the Rialto Unified School District’s STEM program.
“Cemex truly cares about the health and safety of our employees and our local community,” says Cemex USA Regional President – West Region Eric Wittmann, in a company press release. “We’re proud to help raise money to extend education for local students, promote physical fitness, and show our community members all the work that goes on to build a better future for Southern California.”
After the run, Cemex employees staffed educational booths that pointed out the company’s commitment to safety and its efforts to preserve the environment, as well as provided information about careers in mining. Students got the chance to learn how rocks and minerals are transformed into everyday household items and they were able to climb aboard some of the large equipment at the quarry to get a feel for what miners do every day.