Junior Diamond Rockhounds Club

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Click on this link! Mini Miners Monthly Vol 12 No 4

Stories from the JRE Program Directors, Carol and Brannon Barr

Great Beginnings to the 2019-20 School Year

Showing great enthusiasm, 23 students at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) have signed up for the after school program in rock hounding. They have been introduced to, as they call it, “the big word rocks,” igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Thanks to several club members we gave out wonderful specimens. Remember, these kids are our future club.

One little girl came up to me after our first meeting and gave me the following information: “Mrs. B, thank you so much for getting all of these beautiful stories. You see my mama is real sick and when I won the drawing I have something special to give her, she loves rocks. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.” This is what you as club members are truly doing for this community in your donation of beautiful stones for these children.

We will monthly let you know of our needs. We are needing small formed crystals, as well as malachite, even in small bead form. Small flashlights are also needed.

Again, we thank all of your members for your help with donations.”

A Grandparent Responds

I wish to relate this incident from a grandparent. “You have saved our family. My grandson informed me he was not going to school ever again!! I am raising my grandchildren and he is a real challenge. I asked him why he hated school and his response rather surprised me. ‘Well,’ he stated, ‘none of them listen to you and they give you all the same old stuff.’ I made an appointment with his teacher and spoke with her. She suggested I speak with a Mrs. J. about joining him in the after school rockhounding program. I did just that and, would you believe it, he is now loving school and we as a family go rockhounding every weekend. All I can say is, ‘Thank you for saving our family.’ “

Old Fossils

“Junior Diamond Rockhounds are in full swing at JRE and they want the PRRC members to know that they are sending you a BIG thank you for the specimens you have donated for their collections.

We have introduced Fossils to the students and when asked, “What is a fossil?” one young man answered, “Oh, I know. My grandpa, because that’s what my grandma calls him.” In this area, as you all know, we are blessed with a large number of fossils so the students are excited to go find them. I wish to thank Lynne Wheeler and the Zimmerman’s for the fossils they donated.

The Pebble Buck Store is busy with purchases by the students. If any club members have extra stone jewelry please donate it to the store, as the holidays are coming and these kids really enjoy buying for their special families.

One of the upcoming programs for the students is, “What makes color in stones?” We are asking all of our PRRC members to donate small polished BRIGHT COLORED stones for this project. Get those tumblers out and get them tumbling for our kids! We are thanking you in advance.”

Meteorites and Petrified Wood

Spring has sprung and our students are really excited about going out to find new rock specimens for their collections. They are on spring break and we have heard from several of our kids and they are collecting even in the rain!

We are trying to plan a program on meteorites and cost is prohibitive so we would like the club members to collect anything that is relatively close to a meteorite. One of our students shared the following information. “I know about meteorites because my uncle is sorta crazy and Gramps says he was hit in the head by a meteor that fell out of the sky, so you got to be careful!” We thought his advice was rather informative so we send it on to you.

Petrified wood has been one of our programs and we wish to thank the Gillespies the Bagshaws and Lynne Wheeler for their donations of different woods for this program.

The students send a special THANK YOU to all of you. The following note is from one of our students.

Dear Rimstone Rock Club members:

I want to thank you for making me look so good to my
brothers and sisters. You gave us different colors
of petrified wood and I asked them to tell
me how many colors petrified wood came
in, and they said only two. I was really
proud to show them five different
colors that you had given us.

Thanks again.

Photo on this page thanks to Rimstones Rock Club member, Ed Vos