Harper is currently constructing the expansion of the new Rudolph Gordon K-8 school located in Simpsonville, SC. Due to the growth of Rudolph Gordon’s projects-based learning environment, the construction includes a 12,000 SF addition to the existing elementary school and a new 140,000 SF facility to host the addition of fifth through eighth grade classrooms with two major labs and improvements to the athletic fields. As the general contractor for this project, Harper was asked to sponsor a Construction Career Day at the school. This was an easy yes for Harper. With our passion to give back to our community, our project team stepped up quickly to promote the Career Day and provide all the essentials to make the kids smile.
When a Harper employee asked fourth grader Malachi what he thought about the new construction, he said,
“I’m excited about the gym. I saw it in the computer model, and it looked really cool and big.”
On May 19th, 14 Harper volunteers visited the school to host its career day. With four stations focusing on engineering, drone photography, safety, and surveying, the Harper team engaged students of all ages. Greenville County Schools Project Manager, Doug Cadenhead complimented Harper’s efforts and said,
“It was a thrill for me to walk through the parking lot and see how enthralled the children were with the large array of equipment on-hand just for them. It was also gratifying to see all the young men from your arena interacting so well with the kids.”
Not only did we share our story with different career stations, but four Harper employees conducted two presentations to the 4th and 5th grade students detailing the construction process, our technology use and what educational paths one would follow to become a construction professional.
We enjoyed our time with the students at Rudolph Gordon, and we very much appreciate every employee that put forth the time and effort to make this day memorable for the children.
Doug also mentioned our gift to each child,
“The hardhats for every child was a great touch…I bet many of them will still have that hardhat many years from now.”
Harper Volunteers: Sam Ligon, John Harper IV, Jason DeFronzo, Zach Pruitt, Regina Gay, Steve Foushee, David Fey, Lucy Zeiger, Kyle Snipes, Kaitlyn DeShields, Brady Coker, Luke Seder, Jeremiah Sexton