News Release 619

Popular Rock and Mineral Sets donated by Hutcheson Ford to St. James Middle School

Volume 38-619 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

ROLLA, OCT. 26, 2010 – The St. James School District recently received a rock-solid donation in which Butch Tucker, owner of Hutcheson Ford Sales in St. James, donated eight Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets. 

After learning the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey in Rolla offers rock and mineral sets containing many of the Missouri’s most common rocks and minerals, Tucker decided to purchase eight sets and work with the school system to determine which classes would benefit by having these special sets of rocks and minerals.

“I believe when young people become more interested in pursuing the sciences, we all benefit.  In some small way, it is my hope that by donating these rock samples to the school system, young people will take more of an interest in geology and other science fields.” said Tucker, whose dealership has been in his family since 1954. 

Kaaren Lepper, St. James Middle School Principal said, “I want to thank Hutcheson Ford for their generous donation of Missouri rock and mineral sets to our students at St. James Middle School. This provides our students the opportunity for a hands-on experience in analyzing these rock and minerals. We appreciate Hutcheson Ford and the Missouri Geological Survey for making learning more fun and meaningful.” The sets will be used in sixth grade science teacher, Nancy Davis’ class.

Each set is accompanied by a 16-page full-color booklet that describes each rock and mineral and their uses. The booklet is also available for downloading from the division’s website

The donation was made during Earth Science Week which was October 10-16.  The Department partners each year during Earth Science Week with other earth science organizations to bring awareness to the fact earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians.

The Missouri Geology Store [] provides shoppers around-the-clock access to many of the Division of Geology and Land Survey's most popular products, including publications about Missouri geology and water resources. Two of the most popular publications produced by the division, Springs of Missouri and Geologic Wonders and Curiosities, are now available at a reduced price. The store also offers educational guides to Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites and gift certificates. Whether you are looking for a gift for a rock enthusiast friend, an environmentally-friendly family member, or yourself, you will find something at the Missouri Geology Store.

Additionally, the Department’s Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, also located in Rolla (111 Fairgrounds Road), where fossils, rocks, minerals and other items are on display is open to the public for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Additional information may be found on the division’s website


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Caption:  Jerry Prewett, Geological Survey Program director with the Division of Geology and Land Survey, MoDNR is pictured with Butch Tucker, owner of Hutcheson Ford Sales as Tucker presents one of eight Missouri Rock and Mineral sets that he purchased and donated to Kaaren Lepper, St. James Middle School Principal.  Prewett’s agency makes the sets available for purchase online and at the sales counter in Rolla.