Boron Ops Donates PPE to Protect School Children

:: Thursday, September 23, 2021 :: Posted By Mary Beth Garrison

As requirements for social distancing and facial coverings continue in California schools, U.S. Borax partnered with the Muroc Joint Unified School District to support the protective mask mandate. “Children often forget, lose, or damage their masks, sometimes multiple times a day,” said School Superintendent Kevin Cordes. “This will go a long way toward helping us to help these kids stay safe and healthy.”

With 1,800 students spread across five different campuses, the district is responsible for enforcing the mask mandate at every site. They also supply classrooms with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer to decrease person-to-person transmission.

“Our employees have children in each of these schools,” said Amanda Smith, general manager at U.S. Borax. “The kids live in our core communities of Boron, Desert Lakes, North Edwards, California City, and Rosamond. It feels good to know that we’re helping to protect children from the virus, that has already taken away so much, from so many.”

Our team members from the warehouse; health, safety and environment department; and the inclusion and diversity team unpacked masks and sanitizer from the trailer last Wednesday. Included in the load were 18,000 disposable masks, two cases of sanitizing wipes, and two 5-gallon containers of hand sanitizer–made by our very own Boron operations team.

“We’ve been digging into our budget to pay for masks and sanitizer,” continued Cordes. “This is an absolute blessing to our school and our community. I cannot begin to thank Rio Tinto enough.”

We know that we’re all in this together. We’re not safe until we’re all safe.




U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 650 customers with more than 1,800 delivery locations globally. We supply around 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto.

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