A rockin’ time at East Bend Elementary

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com
Employees from Vulcan deliver a 5.2-ton spirit rock to East Bend Elementary School on Friday. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
A crane is used to place a 5.2-ton rock from Vulcan for students to paint at East Bend Elementary School. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
Sixth-graders at East Bend Elementary School watch as their spirit rock is placed at the school’s entrance. - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
Sixth-graders at East Bend Elementary are all smiles over their new spirit rock. - - Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple
A wildcat paw is the first painting to adorn the new spirit rock at East Bend Elementary School. - - Photo courtesy of East Bend Elementary School

EAST BEND — On Friday, Vulcan Materials delivered a spirit rock to East Bend Elementary School, much to the delight of its students and staff.

“I am thrilled to death. I know this is something they have wanted to do for a while. Just getting it out here so the families can celebrate with their students and be able to use it in that way. The kids are super excited about it, and everybody on staff, we’re so excited we’re finally getting a spirit rock,” said Principal Emily Goins.

The sixth-grade class watched as the 5.2-ton rock was placed by a crane in a spot in front of the school’s entrance.

Nathan Bond, a sales representative for Vulcan, said the donation was part of the company’s community partnership program.

Heather Fix, a volunteer at the school, said many other schools in the county have a spirit rock and East Bend was glad to finally get one of its own. The rock will be in honor of the sixth-grade class, and the graduating sixth-grade class will paint the rock each year before graduation. The school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is working to determine other times of the year that the rock will be painted.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Employees from Vulcan deliver a 5.2-ton spirit rock to East Bend Elementary School on Friday.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181005_135843265_iOS_formatted.jpgEmployees from Vulcan deliver a 5.2-ton spirit rock to East Bend Elementary School on Friday. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A crane is used to place a 5.2-ton rock from Vulcan for students to paint at East Bend Elementary School.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181005_135909589_iOS_formatted.jpgA crane is used to place a 5.2-ton rock from Vulcan for students to paint at East Bend Elementary School. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Sixth-graders at East Bend Elementary School watch as their spirit rock is placed at the school’s entrance.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181005_135932977_iOS_formatted.jpgSixth-graders at East Bend Elementary School watch as their spirit rock is placed at the school’s entrance. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Sixth-graders at East Bend Elementary are all smiles over their new spirit rock.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181005_140908663_iOS_formatted.jpgSixth-graders at East Bend Elementary are all smiles over their new spirit rock. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A wildcat paw is the first painting to adorn the new spirit rock at East Bend Elementary School.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_IMG_0356_formatted.jpgA wildcat paw is the first painting to adorn the new spirit rock at East Bend Elementary School. Photo courtesy of East Bend Elementary School

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com