ELKO – Barrick and Newmont again partnered to host Elko “Gold Fever” from April 2-6 at the Northeastern Nevada Museum.
The annual five-day event was created to teach students about the different minerals mined in Nevada and the importance of those minerals to the community and everyday life. Nearly 800 fourth-grade students from 10 surrounding Elko County schools participated in the activity.
Lead by Jaymie Donovan, external relations representative for Newmont, and Maria Anderson, community relations specialist for Barrick, the agenda for the students include; a brief movie about the evolution of the mining industry aptly titled “Gold Fever,” an introduction to the volunteers from Barrick and Newmont who talked about their roles and the different careers available in the industry, and a hands-on mineral identification activity.
“We are glad to be a part of such a great program,” said Donovan, “Mining is so engrained in our local history and through programs like Gold Fever we are able to show the students just how important the mining industry is to our community.”
With a total of 81 volunteers from different departments at Barrick and Newmont, there were plenty of industry experts on hand to answer mining-related questions from the students.
The participating schools included: Carlin Combined, Owyhee Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Southside Elementary, Northside Elementary, Wells Combined, Grammar No. 2, Jackpot Combined and Sage Elementary.
“The kids come into Gold Fever already excited about mining because so many of them have family members in the industry,” said Anderson. “This program takes that excitement to the next level—and hopefully inspires tomorrow’s leaders in the industry.”
The museum has also played a large role in the success of Gold Fever by providing the venue for the event as far back as 2002, continuing to show their support of education throughout the area by allowing the children to occupy their historic Halleck Bar Gallery for the week.
“Gold Fever is a very beneficial program for all parties involved. The interactions between the volunteers and students are priceless,” said Executive Director Lauren Roovaart. “We enjoy working with Barrick and Newmont and look forward to working with them in the future.”