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Junior high school gets larger spirit rock

Thomson-McDuffie Junior High students now can show their spirit in a big way thanks to a new spirit rock in front of their school.

"I thought it was nice. It's big. It's really the biggest one in Thomson," eighth grader Nickie Johnson said Friday.

Teacher Patricia Connor said they had no problems finding a rock. However, they did have problems getting it delivered. Martin Marietta donated a rock to the school, but the school system did not have the proper equipment to pick it up or unload it. Ms. Connor said they opted for a smaller rock from Martin Marietta.

When it was delivered, the small rock was still too heavy to be unloaded from the trailer. So, Ms. Connor said she called Charlie Newton with MFS Grading, Inc. to see if he could help.

"When Charlie saw the rock, he said it wasn't a rock, he called it a pebble," Ms. Connor said with a laugh.

So, Mr. Newton searched for a bigger rock, which he found behind Maxwell Elementary School.

The adjoining rocks now sit beside the driveway into the school.

"So, now we have the little one and the big one," Ms. Connor said. "I just appreciate so much the efforts of the community to make this possible for the kids."

Nickie said a group of students painted the rock as soon as it was delivered Thursday.

"Then somebody spray painted over it, so we already had to do it again (Friday) morning," she said.

Web posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009

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