What a blast
To the editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the staff, specifically Lee, Tim and Michelle, at Stoneco Quarry in Clay Center, for the recent field trip we took to their facility.
The sixth-graders at Genoa Middle School were welcomed with “red carpet” treatment for the three-hour field trip May 28 as part of their rock and mineral study.
The staff at the quarry treated us to hands-on activities to show coring and sampling; provided a cook-out style lunch for our 106 students, and gave all students a sack for a mineral hunt. Geologists were on hand to provide expertise in the quarry’s native rocks and minerals and on the mineral hunt, and students were able to take home hundreds of samples of local minerals.
The most popular part of the field trip occurred when students were witness to an actual shot, or “blast,” and then were taken by bus down into the quarry to see firsthand what happens to the rock during the mining process.
We feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit this community resource, and cannot thank the staff enough for their generosity, thoughtfulness and hospitality.
Genoa Middle School
A show of respect
To the editor: Recently I attended a hometown Memorial Day Parade. When the flag reached the people who were sitting on the curb, not one person stood.
I thought this would be a voluntary move on their part. Apparently not so. Perhaps not being able to recite “The Pledge of Allegiance” in school has had its effect. If this is not the case, then what is the problem?
These men walking in the parade have taken out valuable time from their lives to fight for our freedom, but standing in respect for our flag to show our thanks is not a priority for us.
I would like everyone who reads this to give it some deep thought.