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Planning Your BEEP Visit

Student Programs

Frequently Asked Questions (BEEP FAQs)

Q: How do I get to the Bridgestone PSR/LTR Plant?

  • The GPS address is 1 Bridgestone Parkway, Graniteville, SC. Going North on Bettis Academy Rd., it is on the left about a mile past I-20.
  • Go to the Shipping Entrance if you are traveling by bus. Go to the Main Entrance if you are traveling by car. At the gate, tell them you are there for a BEEP program at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Someone will lead you there.

Q: How do I get to the Bridgestone OFF Road Plant (ORR)?

  • The GPS address is 7777 Giant Tire Parkway, Trenton, SC. Going North on Bettis Academy Rd., you will turn right at the Sage Mill sign about ¾ mile past I-20. Follow the road around until you see another Bridgestone sign on the right. Turn right onto that road and proceed to the gate.
  • At the gate, tell them you are there for a BEEP program. Continue through until the road curves, almost at the Plant. Someone will meet you at the curve in the road. Students will disembark here; cars/buses will continue around to the parking lot.

Q: How much does it cost?

  • There is no charge for students or adults. Bridgestone completely funds this program!

Q: How do I cancel a visit to BEEP?

  • If you have confirmed a registration for a program and find you must cancel, we MUST have written notification of your cancellation at least 4 weeks prior to the reserved date or a cancellation fee will be assessed. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or other natural events.

Q: How many students may I bring to the BEEP?

  • There is a maximum of 60 students per day (students rotate through 3 programs). • Some programs are labeled as 2 groups per day (Max. number should not exceed 50)

Q: What should I do in case of delay or inclement weather?

  • Call or text Kimberly Fickling on her cell at 803-300-4488.
  • If it is only a light sprinkle, we may continue as planned. Dress accordingly. 
  • If the weather is too cold or rainy & you need to cancel, call or text Kimberly ASAP.
  • If a trip has to be cancelled, we will try to reschedule for a later date, if at all possible.
  • The teacher will make the final call about cancelling due to weather. (No cancellation fee will be assessed.)

Q: What should we bring?

  • If your group plans to stay for lunch, participants should bring bag lunches and drinks. Lunch and restroom facilities are available at BEEP. Bridgestone does not have food available.
  • In warm weather, participants should bring a refillable water bottle in addition to their lunch drink.

Q: What should we wear?

  • We will be outside ALL day. Dress according to the weather.
  • Wear long pants and close-toed shoes. We will do a fair amount of walking over uneven ground.

Q: Should I bring chaperones?

  • YES! We will be out in nature all morning. We need to have adequate supervision to make sure this is a safe learning experience.
  • Chaperones should NOT bring additional children.
  • Follow your district guidelines for the number of chaperones to bring.
  • There should be at least one adult per 8 students (more adults for younger students).

Q: Can accommodations be made for mobility-impaired students?

  • Yes; however, we need to know in advance if you have students who cannot walk about one mile at a slow pace.

Field Trip Checklist

Before Your Field Trip:

  • Confirm transportation arrangements and directions. Check with transportation about your latest departure time from Bridgestone.
  • Make lunch arrangements.
  • Notify Kimberly Fickling if student numbers have significantly changed.
  • Remind students to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes.
  • In warm weather, remind students to bring a refillable water bottle in addition to their lunch drink. Bridgestone (ORR side only): Lunch is usually around 12:30, so you may want the students to be able to have a snack before arriving.

Before You Leave School:

  • Pre-assign chaperones to groups.
  • Count all of your students and all of your adults. When You Get Back to School:
  • Discuss the field trip with your students
  • Visit http://rpsec.usca.edu/student programs/ for post-visit activities for some of the programs.
  • Return teacher evaluation/feedback form if you did not leave it at BEEP.
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