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Concrete is Career Day Topic at Cleveland Elementary School

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What do doctors, nurses, firemen, retired NFL players and ready mixed concrete drivers all have in common? They were all participants at Cleveland’s Benjamin Franklin Elementary School’s Career Day on May 5. Mark Miller, a 31-year veteran driver and 16-year employee with NRMCA Producer member Tech Ready Mix (shown below with students), and NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Julie Buffenbarger spoke with second through fourth grade students on the importance of concrete in structures and concrete mixture ingredients, and also discussed the importance of safety around concrete mixers.
The seven classes of students and teachers weathered the light mist and rain to visit with Miller and learn about driving and the features of Tech’s Kimble mixer truck with a Kenworth chassis. Miller explained the benefits of the Certified Clean Idle and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system capabilities and how they lead to cleaner air and environmental friendliness. He and Buffenbarger discussed the importance of wearing personal protective equipment on the job and, more importantly, maintaining proper distances from large equipment. Students returned to the classroom to learn about concrete mixture ingredients and how concrete is part of our daily lives in structures, sidewalks, pavements, homes and bridges. They were then given a variety of word search and maze puzzles on concrete to take home.

For more information about safety programs and educational materials for children, contact Julie Buffenbarger at or any member of the Local Paving Team found here.

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