May 28, 2009 · The president of the West Virginia Coal Association visited St. Francis Elementary school in Beckley.

Raney spoke with third graders as part of a Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary project called Coal in the Classroom. St. Francis was the first school to adopt the curriculum but it’s expected to expand to the public school system this fall.

The fifth and final Coal in the Classroom session wrapped up on Wednesday.

Now, Morgan Hylton says she has a better understanding of what her dad does for a living.

“My dad is an above ground miner,” Hylton said. “Learn they burn coal to make electricity if we didn’t have it we wouldn’t be able to have a lot of stuff.”

West Virginia Coal Association Annual Symposium, January 10-12
  Spirit of Beckley awarded to Friends of Coal founder, Dec. 3, 2006   Friends of Coal Soccer Fields at Trace Fork, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Oct. 7, 2006   Friends of Coal Bowl, Sept. 2, 2006   Friends of Coal Bowl Game Viewing Parties, Sept. 2, 2006
Friends of Coal sponsored Paint the Capital Green, Aug. 17, 2006     Friends of Coal At The State Fair August 12, 2006    Friends of Coal Auto Fair Concert. July 22, 2006   Friends of Coal is making an appearance in Iraq.    Friends of Coal night at the Power Park with spokesperson Jeremy Starks - June 22, 2006


WV Coal Festival in Madison - June 22, 2006   BrickStreet event with guest speaker, FOC spokesperson, Bob Pruett – June 12, 2006   WV Coal Hall of Fame Inductions, May 5, 2006   WVSSAC Basketball State Championships, March 11th and March 18th    Friends of Coal Honor Mine Rescue Teams, March 2, 2006
17th Annual Mountain State Coal Classic, January 29th-February 4th, 2006    WV Mining Symposium, January 18th-20th, 2006