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Quarry donates 20-ton spirit rock to school

Norris Elementary School has its own spirit rock, thanks to APAC Mid-South.

The Camak quarry donated a 20-ton stone to the Main Street school.

With the help of some spray paint and creativity, the rock will signal school events, celebrate holidays and milestones, and applaud student accomplishments.

Wiley Bros. Construction of Thomson helped deliver the stone Wednesday.

Dr. Lynn Cato, in her first year as Norris principal, gave the credit for the spirit rock to Dr. Pam Graziano, a Norris counselor, who helped start the program last school year.

"We just thought the rock would be a great device to improve the spirit," Graziano said.

Mark Chalker, the pit supervisor at the Warren County Quarry and Rail Load Out facility, helped to set up the stone. He said the jetty stone was blasted from a seam and was just the right width, about 2 and a half feet wide, and flat on both sides. It is about 7 to 8 feet long and about 5 feet high.

He said the stone would cost about $100 a ton if the quarry charged for the stone.

Web posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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