Kennerly teacher participates in workshop

Nick Argint, a fifth-grade teacher at Kennerly Elementary School in the Lindbergh School District, was awarded a $250 scholarship from Winter Brothers Material Company to attend the fourth annual Missouri Minerals Education Workshop, “Rocks, Minerals and Our Environment.”

Argint joined 50 other teachers from across the state at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal for a week of hands-on classroom activities, demonstrations and field trips to Central Stone and Continental Cement.

He also had the opportunity to interact with numerous minerals industry professionals who support Missouri educators, including Ed Dalton, president and chief executive officer of the National Energy Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah; Deck Slone of Arch Minerals in St. Louis; and Barb Shepard, president of the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation.

Highlighting the event were a visit and presentation by Missouri’s very own Miner Joe and a geode dig.

“The minerals workshop provided me with a greater understanding of the mining process,” Argint stated in a district news release, “I came away with many ideas and materials to integrate the experience into the classroom.”

He will share the information and materials obtained at the workshop with fellow teachers and encourage them to attend next year’s workshop, according to the news release.