Quarry helps Archer High build partnership

GRAYSON - When Archer High approached Vulcan Materials Co.'s Grayson Quarry about providing financial assistance to the school, the company responded with a proposition: Help the Southeastern Gwinnett Co-op, and we'll help you.

Two Vulcan employees, Grayson Plant Supervisor Vickie King and Plant Manager Darrell Erwin, had recently toured the cooperative ministry that provides emergency assistance to families in the Grayson, Snellville and Loganville communities. They were struck by the bare shelves and line of customers waiting for food, and the idea to build a partnership between Archer High and the Southeastern Gwinnett Co-op was born.

Vulcan initiated a meeting to determine how the school and students could get involved with the co-op. Ideas included students volunteering at the co-op and conducting food drives on the weekends and at select sporting events.

After reviewing the activities, Vulcan agreed to give Archer $5,000 toward the finishing of the gym floor.

"The timing was perfect to bring these two organizations together and because of our efforts, students will learn a valuable lesson in giving back to their communities and the co-op will receive much needed supplies," said Carol Landrum, who works in Vulcan's Human Resources Department. "When Vulcan can contribute to strengthening our neighboring communities, it is definitely a win-win situation."