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Gem and Mineral Society gives the gift of science

On Tuesday, May 18, the 6th grade science class at Jacobsen Jr. High was presented with a donation from the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society (TVGMS) to assist the students with their Earth science studies and education. Two of the club members, Ron Myrick, President, and Robert Papac, Vice-President, presented teachers Amy Lang and Charli Hansen with a number of rock and mineral identification kits to assist them and their students in their educational endeavors at Jacobsen.

The Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization devoted to providing education, knowledge and understanding of the Earth sciences related to mineralogy, paleontology, geology and the lapidary arts.

According to Mr. Papac, although TVGMS fundraising activities have been severely limited due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the club members have strived to fundraise to enable them to continue giving out donations to the community and to schools. Tuesday's donation is just an example. They will also be giving out a scholarship at the end of this month to a graduating senior from Tehachapi High School to assist them in their upcoming educational endeavors and will try to continue to do so in the future. In the past, TVGMS has given out thousands of dollars in donations to local schools and scholarships to graduating high school seniors to assist them in their future academic endeavors. The club also has given educational talks to schools and organizations throughout Central and Southern California.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information on this organization, please go to http://www.TVGMS.org.

The club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Tehachapi SENIOR CENTER, located at 500 E. F Street in Tehachapi at 7 p.m.