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Tozer Primary School first graders learn about earth materials from Martin Marietta

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Kids jumped, screamed, squealed and covered their ears when a truck horn blared Monday morning outside Tozer Primary School.

One by one, Marianne Crooks' class of first-grade students had a chance climb into the cab of a Martin Marietta concrete mixer truck and sound the horn. Hers was the first of six classes to visit the industrial giant that morning.

The special visit from the concrete mixer gave first-grade students more than just the chance to wake up the whole neighborhood, however. Tozer's first-grade students have been studying Earth materials such as soil, water and air. Representatives of Martin Marietta visited to teach students how the science they learn in class gets used in real-life jobs.

"They get to learn from professionals at Martin Marietta who use Earth materials every day," said first-grade teacher Kelsey Emery, who helped organize the presentations and touch-a-truck event. "I thought it would be a great experience for the kids."

Before each class headed out to see the concrete mixer, students had a chance to hear how rocks are mined and used in various projects. Jack Fockler, a quality control manager with Martin Marietta, described how different rocks and materials get mixed together with cement to make concrete.

"It's kind of like making a cake," he explained to the students.

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He also passed around samples of different rocks and materials, such as asphalt or concrete. Students from Crooks' class excitedly hefted the samples, feeling their weight and texture.

"The hands-on (experience) is great," Crooks said. "We've been studying Earth materials, so it was great to have a community resource come down and give the children a chance to see the truck, touch the rocks and ask their questions."

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Tozer Primary School teaches students in preschool through second grade.

Learn more about Tozer at http://tzmv.weldre4.org.

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