Students 'R-O-C-K' at Sycamore Quarry

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-112914980830022.jpg’, ‘Photo by Gregory Morley’, ‘Control technician Dave Gehrke, of Vulcan Construction Materials in Sycamore, leads students from North Barrington Elementary School and Harlem School in a song about safety to the tune of "YMCA" Aug. 30.’);

School children learn about the environment and geology during recent field trip

SYCAMORE—Students from Harlem Middle School and Barrington Grade School didn’t need textbooks for class Friday, Sept. 30. Class was held at the local Sycamore Quarry, where students were treated to a tour of the facility and a lesson on local wildlife.

“Vulcan has always been committed to the local environment and education—today we put the two together,” said Dale Weiman, Sycamore Quarry plant manager. “We love hosting local schools and teaching others what we do and why we do it.”

Sixty students were taken on bus tours of the facility, where they learned about how crushed aggregate is made. The complete process, from production to crushing, processing and shipment, was reviewed before heading back for a unique presentation.

Dave Gehrke, Sycamore’s Quality Control technician, led the children in “R-O-C-K,” a song about the mining process to the tune of the well-known hit “YMCA” Kathy Stelford, of Oaken Acres Wildlife Center and TAILS Humane Society, then took the stage with a lesson on local animal rehabilitation efforts around the quarry.

“The students were able to enjoy a beautiful fall day and learn a little bit about the environment too,” said John Stevens, Northern Illinois area manager for Vulcan Materials.

Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 Index, is the nation’s foremost producer of construction aggregates: primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel, and a major producer of other construction materials required by the U.S. and local economies. The Midwest Division is headquartered in Lombard, Ill., and employs 650 people and operates 25 quarry and sand and gravel locations along with an additional 11 other associated aggregate production, sales and distribution facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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From the Oct. 12-18, 2005, issue

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