2014-06-20 / Front Page

Rock hounds


Left, Grondin Construction employee Woody Bragg demonstrates tools used to sift different sizes of aggregate during the Brown Elementary School field trip to the company’s Larrabee Farms rock quarry in Scarborough Monday. “South Portland has a real big focus on getting the community into the classroom,” said Jane Eberle, director of business partnerships for the school department, speaking of the partnership with Grondin, now in its third year. Right, Brendan Kuell, a second-grader at Brown Elementary School, searches for quartz during a field trip Monday to Grondin Construction’s 200-acre rock quarry, designed to give students a hands-on understanding of their geology coursework. See more photos on page 16. (Duke Harrington photo) Left, Grondin Construction employee Woody Bragg demonstrates tools used to sift different sizes of aggregate during the Brown Elementary School field trip to the company’s Larrabee Farms rock quarry in Scarborough Monday. “South Portland has a real big focus on getting the community into the classroom,” said Jane Eberle, director of business partnerships for the school department, speaking of the partnership with Grondin, now in its third year. Right, Brendan Kuell, a second-grader at Brown Elementary School, searches for quartz during a field trip Monday to Grondin Construction’s 200-acre rock quarry, designed to give students a hands-on understanding of their geology coursework. See more photos on page 16. (Duke Harrington photo)


Sebastian Hesser, a secondgrader at Brown Elementary School, searches for quartz during the field trip Monday, designed to give students a handson understanding of their geology coursework. (Duke Harrington photos) Sebastian Hesser, a secondgrader at Brown Elementary School, searches for quartz during the field trip Monday, designed to give students a handson understanding of their geology coursework. (Duke Harrington photos)


Top, Larry Grondin, a partner in Gorhambased Grondin Construction, gives students a tour of his company’s 200-acre Larrabee Farm rock quarry in Scarborough Monday. “It’s as much fun for us as it is for the kids,” he said. “This is important because they do the tiny stuff in the classroom, but to see the real thing, you can’t replace that. Who knows, maybe we pique the interest of a little kid and working in the trades is what they’ll want to do some day.” Top, Larry Grondin, a partner in Gorhambased Grondin Construction, gives students a tour of his company’s 200-acre Larrabee Farm rock quarry in Scarborough Monday. “It’s as much fun for us as it is for the kids,” he said. “This is important because they do the tiny stuff in the classroom, but to see the real thing, you can’t replace that. Who knows, maybe we pique the interest of a little kid and working in the trades is what they’ll want to do some day.”




Coco Peters, 8, a secondgrader at Brown Elementary School in South Portland, holds out examples of quartz discovered during a field trip Monday to Grondin Construction’s rock quarry. “I’m just really into minerals and stuff, because there’s so many ways they’re formed,” she said. “It was fun to look for different rocks and to learn how they use them in so many different things.” Coco Peters, 8, a secondgrader at Brown Elementary School in South Portland, holds out examples of quartz discovered during a field trip Monday to Grondin Construction’s rock quarry. “I’m just really into minerals and stuff, because there’s so many ways they’re formed,” she said. “It was fun to look for different rocks and to learn how they use them in so many different things.”





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