Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative (GCEC) visited Waller Elementary School in Youngstown September 3.
The day began with a flag-raising ceremony in which GCEC employees climbed a power pole to the national anthem and placed the American flag at the top of the pole.
After the ceremony, classes took turns visiting the co-op’s liveline safety demonstration trailer. Built by GCEC employees, the trailer features working electrical equipment.
The presentation began with an overview of the safety equipment linemen are required to wear. Linemen then demonstrated what happens when squirrels and a ladder make contact with an energized line. An energized car door offers a powerful lesson on why you do not walk up and attempt to help someone in a car that has energized lines on it.
After learning that most of the classrooms at Waller Elementary lost their classroom flags during Hurricane Michael, the co-op wanted to help. GCEC representatives revisited the school on September 15 and donated 28 classroom-sized American flags, along with brackets, so that every classroom now has a flag for the morning pledge.