Local 8th graders spend the day at Craig Station

Rick Carson, senior engineer at Craig Station, gives an infrared camera demonstration to 8th graders from Craig Middle School.

Craig Station hosted 70 boys from Craig Middle School last week in conjunction with the school’s annual career day. Tom Gilchrist, chemistry manager, and Rick Carson, senior engineer, helped coordinate the day’s events with assistance from Craig Station employees Bob Baca, Bryan Gale, Barry Barnes, Rick Johnson, Sue Sexton, Dana Gregory, Marv Weible and Tim Osborn.

While girls from the school spent the day with local businesswomen, the 8th grade boys and seven of their teachers took in informative presentations at the plant, including “Do You Want to Work at a Power Plant?” as well as demonstrations and a tour of both Craig Station and Trapper Mine. “The boys were very excited about it,” said Gilchrist. “It was good day.”

“Overall I think the students really enjoyed the trip out to the plant and mine,” said Julia Elliott, school counselor at Craig Middle School. “The tour guides were awesome.” Elliott noted that touring Trapper Mine helped the students make the connection of the plant’s fuel source and that the entire experience was very interesting for them. “It definitely opened some eyes – they were still talking about it the next day,” she said.

Tri-State provided 30 large pizzas for the boys’ lunch – all of which were reportedly devoured within 15 minutes.

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