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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.

Tucker Paving Inc. has role in new campus for Our Children’s Academy

Our Children’s Academy in Lake Wales is getting a brand-new, $1.2 million campus, and Tucker Paving Inc. has a nice role in the construction.

We’re looking forward to this project for a couple of reasons: One, we’re going to be working alongside colleagues with our sister company, Tucker Construction & Engineering Inc.; and, two, Our Children’s Academy is a very special school.

The charter ESE (exceptional student education) academy “is a place where children with special needs overcome daily challenges and enjoy success in learning and living.”

After more than five years of planning, the new campus for Our Children’s Academy is being built on 7.62 acres at 501 Burns Ave. That’s near High Point Church and not far from the academy’s current campus at 555 Burns Ave.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus was held April 19. With the selection of a modular building for the academy’s main structure, the campus should be ready for the August start of the 2016-17 school year.

Our Children’s Academy currently serves special-needs children from pre-kindergarten through the ninth grade. With recent approval of a new charter, academy officials can move ahead with plans to teach students through the 12th grade.

Recently on Tucker Paving’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tuckerpaving), Janet McPhall-Randle posted a ringing endorsement of Our Children’s Academy:

“My 5-year-old daughter attends Our Children’s Academy and it has made an amazingly wonderful difference in her! She is autistic, and going to this school the last year has turned her into a whole new child and brought her out of her shell!”

We’re thankful for Janet’s post, and the Tucker Paving team is happy for her and her daughter.

For more about Our Children’s Academy, a truly wonderful center for learning, visit the website at www.ourchildrensacademy.org.

Jose Lopez has enjoyed the learning opportunities during career with Tucker Paving

Jose Lopez didn’t find just a job at Tucker Paving Inc. He found a company that rewarded his hard work and ability to quickly soak up and then apply well a daily education in construction.

A native of Mexico, Jose began working for Tucker Paving 16 years ago.

“I started as a pipe layer,” he says. Promotions through the years made him an equipment operator, foreman, and superintendent. “And now I am a general superintendent,” he says.

Jose puts “training and learning new things every day” at the top of his list of most enjoyable aspects of his job with Tucker Paving. “It has given me many opportunities to learn, and I enjoy working with the people around me,” he says.

Jose wasn’t trained in construction in his native Mexico. He says he was trained at Tucker Paving.

“I didn’t imagine myself doing this job when I was in school,” he says.

Jose holds certifications in confined space operations and trench and excavation operations. Smith System Inc., a Texas-based safe-driving school for commercial and construction drivers and heavy equipment operators, also has certified him.

Jose is married and has five children. “I have a wonderful wife, four girls, and a baby boy,” he says.

He says that in his spare time, he enjoys playing with his children outside and going to church.