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Gastonville Elementary Center
in Finleyville, Pennsylvania



On March 12, 2010, Debbie Tomko and Vance Rumbaugh from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Technical Support, Dust Division visited Gastonville Elementary Center (Ringgold School District) located in Finleyville, Pennsylvania to speak about mine safety through the "Stay Out - Stay Alive" program. The visit was composed of four different sessions. Two sessions consisted of 2nd graders and two sessions consisted of 5th graders for a total of approximately 100 students. They spoke to the students on the many dangers that various types of mines present and their experiences when entering mine facilities. They also showed the students the protective gear that is used at the mine and talked about the training received to perform their jobs in a safe manner. As usual, the students had many questions about experiences in the mine. They informed the teachers and students about NIOSH's Safety Research Coal Mine, located near their offices at the Bruceton Facility, in case they would like to visit a mine as a field trip. Stickers, literature, coloring books, and crayons (provided by MSHA), and coal samples (provided by NIOSH) were brought to the school to distribute to the students after completion of the program.

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