Rural King donation

Rural King of Waverly recently donated four 10-foot by 10-foot tents to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Science Alliance event. Pictured above, from left, are Jeff Pinkerton, Fluor-BWXT Acting Communications Manager and Science Alliance coordinator; Dwayne Gillingham, Rick Fout, Ryan Perdue, Mick Mills, all of Rural King; and Dana Leach, FBP employee and member of the event’s coordinating committee.

PIKETON — Rural King of Waverly recently donated four tents to the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual Science Alliance event, held at the former uranium enrichment site in Piketon. More than 1,800 students from 32 schools in Pike, Ross, Scioto, Jackson and Adams counties registered for the event held Oct. 2-4, which included a series of interactive presentations and activities to assist students in making career choices. Students also had the opportunity to interact with industry professionals in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and meet with representatives from multiple colleges and universities from the region.

DOE’s Greg Simonton expressed appreciation for the local company’s donation and involvement. “We want to thank Rural King for its contribution to this worthwhile educational outreach program that opens doors for students,” said Simonton, who is the project manager for the event. “The businesses that support this event make it possible and we are appreciative of their contributions to Science Alliance and their investments into the young people of southern Ohio.”

The attendance at this year’s event established a new record for the fifth consecutive year, while the number of participating schools also set a new mark.

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