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We’re taught and we experience that giving is grand

Many folks look forward to the Christmas season because of all the things they might get. Others look forward to the season and all the opportunities to give.

In the end, the folks focused more on giving usually end up happier and more blessed. The Good Book tells us that (Acts 20:35), but life and experience and all of those warm and fuzzy feelings tell us that, too.

We at Tucker Paving encourage everyone — friends, relatives, colleagues, and businesses of all kinds — to search for opportunities to give during the holidays and throughout the year. It’s not difficult at all to find a worthy cause. There are so many ways to help, so many people to help, and so many wonderful charitable endeavors to support. Those of us who are blessed — and, really, most of us are — can give our time, our talents, our money, and our other tangible resources to help improve individual lives, to help make families stronger, and, in extreme cases, to help the most vulnerable among us survive from day to day.

On the matter of giving, management wants Tucker Paving to be a company that sets a good business and community example. Through financial contributions, staff volunteerism, or perhaps just a simple mention on our online social media sites, here are some of the community and charitable organizations, activities, and causes we hope we boosted at least little bit in 2016:

• Polk County Public Schools
• Central Florida Construction Career Days
• American Heart Month (American Heart Association)
• Citrus Center Boys and Girls Clubs
• Taste of Winter Haven
• Rinker School of Construction Career Fair (University of Florida)
• Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club (Antique Engine & Tractor Show)
• Florida Special Olympics
• 25th Annual Chain of Lakes Challenge golf tournament
• The (Winter Haven) Banker’s Cup Award
• Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk-a-Thon
• Central Florida Leadership Forum
• All Saints’ Academy (Winter Haven)
• 2016 Haines City Economic Summit
• Our Children’s Academy (Lake Wales)
• Earth Day 2016
• Polk State College Foundation (Clays for Courts)
• Winter Haven Hospital Foundation (Fore the Love tournaments)
• Elbert Elementary School (Winter Haven)
• 2016 Hurricane Expo (Auburndale)
• American Red Cross (CPR training)
• Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce
• Winter Haven Area Chamber of Commerce
• BCN Career Fair (University of Florida)
• University of North Florida (Computing, Engineering & Construction Employer Showcase)
• American Red Cross (following Hurricane Matthew)
• International Red Cross (following Hurricane Matthew)
• Salvation Army (following Hurricane Matthew)
• World Vision (following Hurricane Matthew)
• Project Care Outreach (Lakeland)
• Project Park Bench 2016
• “Pay It Forward: Perform a Random Act of Kindness”
• Law Offices of Elizabeth P. Davis (holiday toy roundup for Polk County foster children)

Tucker Paving team members always want to be No. 1 in everything we do and provide — our construction bids, the quality of our work, our on-time performance, our customer service and satisfaction, our promises kept, and more — but if another business tops us in giving, in philanthropy, in volunteering, or in community involvement, our feathers aren’t ruffled. Too much. We can live with that, because, in the end, people are helped and all of us are better off for it.

Tucker Paving team members go back to school for Great American Teach-In

On Nov. 15, three Tucker Paving team members went back to the school — all the way back to elementary school.

Following an invitation from Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven, Ray Curtis, Shawn Signore and Mack Banner represented our company during the school’s annual Great American Teach-In event.

The Teach-In was a great opportunity to teach a bunch of local youngsters about the wonderful world of construction — road construction, in particular. Ray, Shawn, and Mack arrived at the school with lots of show-and-tell items, including hard hats, bright yellow safety vests, orange safety cones and a variety of traffic work zone safety signs, with one of our many ROAD WORK AHEAD signs among them.

At one point during the Teach-In, in a fun bit of learning for the kids (and in a fun bit of teaching by our guys), several of the students pretended to be vehicles traveling through a road construction site and responding to a flagman’s instructions, using signs on a pole, to STOP or go SLOW. (See the three photos we posted Nov. 28 to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tuckerpaving.)

If you’re only vaguely familiar with the Great American Teach-In, it’s an opportunity to connect classrooms to community — a chance for community members and business representatives to visit local schools, share what they do and how and why they do it, and share how their schooling helped them to achieve success.

The Great American Teach-In is held in schools all across the country each year as part of American Education Week, celebrated each November in the week prior to Thanksgiving week. Next year, in 2017, American Education Week will be observed Nov. 13-17. If you’d like a team from Tucker Paving to visit your school for the Great American Teach-In, give us a call at 863-299-2262 and we’ll see what we can work out.

E-newsletter another way to share the goings-on at Tucker Paving

On June 30, Tucker Paving Inc. happily launched the very first issue of its new monthly e-newsletter (email newsletter) and delivered it to email inboxes all throughout Central Florida. In an obvious play on our company name, the e-newsletter is titled Paving the Way. Joining our website, this blog section, and our various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest), the e-newsletter is another vehicle we have to share all the good things happening at our growing construction company and with our team members.

This e-newsletter content will include links to selected blog articles on our website, photos, and various tidbits of information that we hope will be interesting and useful to a wide and diverse audience. The first e-newsletter includes links to blog items about our community involvement and the goings-on in 1994, the year our company was founded; and a photo capturing a recent safety training event for several of our employees. (In the business sector we’re in, there can never be too much safety training!)

If you weren’t on the email list to receive the first issue of Paving the Way, you can see it in a Web browser format at http://bit.ly/2967AGU. If you would like have future issues of the e-newsletter sent to you by email, it’s easy to sign up; just click over to http://www.tuckerpaving.com/contact-us/ and provide us with your name and email address in the “Subscribe to our Newsletter” box in the middle of the Web page, on the right-hand side.

We hope you’ll enjoy Paving the Way and the links it provides to Tucker Paving-related digital content on the World Wide Web. Comments are welcome via the contact Web page referenced above.

It’s a pleasure to help other organizations in the community

Members of the management, support staff, and construction crews at Tucker Paving, Inc., like to get out into the community and help other organizations and institutions with their programs and special projects.

A few weeks back, Tucker Paving was a sponsor for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk-a-Thon fundraiser around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. As part of the sponsorship, Team Tucker members manned a water station for the walkers, who were out to help a group that trains and provides guide dogs for the blind (www.guidedogs.org).

Before that, we provided support for the Winter Haven Police Department’s Third Annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk for Special Olympics Florida.

More recently, Tucker Paving was among the sponsors for Clays for Courts at the Tenoroc Shooting Center, located between Auburndale and Lakeland. The Polk State College Foundation event, presented by Regal Lakeland Clays for Courts in partnership with The A.D. Morgan Corporation, was a benefit for the basketball and volleyball teams at the college.

Team Tucker was represented in the 50-target sporting clays shoot by Amanda Dawley, Mike Felix, and Josh Smith, along with colleague Wayne Agamie of Trench Plate Rental.

Some people call all of this extracurricular community activity “giving back” and “good corporate citizenship,” and that’s OK. We simply call it doing the right thing and having some fun in the process. (Getting out of the office and out of the office routine every once in a while is nice, too.)