Clare Primary pays visit to Road Commission

May 10, 2019

On Thursday, May 2, Clare County Road Commission staff joined over 100 4th graders at Clare Primary School to educate students about “Roads, Soil, & Science.”

Students in Jason Koch’s & Dave Gould’s class studied soil density and permeability, gravel, and road materials to prepare for the visit. As a class project, students selected materials based on findings in their studies, to propose as building materials for a hypothetical new road. Fourth grader, Breez Yarger, shared her gravel road recommendation with road commission staff.

In CCRC’s presentation, students learned about road construction and maintenance, as well as different types of gravel, limestone, and pavement preservation techniques such as chip sealing. Students participated in a hands-on gravel sieve analysis with engineer-tech Allan Leonard, saw a live demonstration of a grader with operator Mark Loomis, as well as a v-bottom trailer with operator Ken Pitchford.

The students were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and engaged. It was a positive experience for all involved and CCRC looks forward to collaborating again next year.

Road Commission presenters included:
Allan Leonard, Engineering Technician
Stacie Wilhelm, Presentations, Mapping & Graphic Designer
Mark Loomis, Grader Operator
Ken Pitchford, V-Bottom Operator

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