Rodney Barr, owner of Grocery Outlet, has donated $2,500 to Siskiyou Science Festival. This generous contribution helps to pay the costs of putting on this week of free activities.

Rodney Barr, owner of Grocery Outlet, has donated $2,500 to Siskiyou Science Festival. This generous contribution helps to pay the costs of putting on this week of free activities.

Siskiyou Science Festival is a celebration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in Siskiyou County. The free activities will be occurring throughout the week of May 13 to 19. This year’s theme, “Science or Magic?” will be very evident in the presentations and tours. A magician will be performing in Yreka and Weed, a movie about magic will be shown at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, presentations will demonstrate the magic of fire and geology, and tours will help show the magic of our area.

Siskiyou Science Festival is just one of the many causes that Rodney Barr has supported. When asked why, Rodney explained, “I’m from here. I went to elementary school, high school, and College of the Siskiyous. I got my first job at Mt. Shasta Super Market when Nick Mavrides owned it. He was my mentor, and he taught me how to run a business and how to be a supportive community member.”

“I went on to work at General Produce for 13 years, and I managed 8 stores for Ray’s Markets. When I got this opportunity to come back to this area, I wanted to do that because this is where I want to be. Also, Grocery Outlet provides something that I have always wanted for this community – quality, healthy food at a fraction of the normal cost. Then, so many people have come out and supported the store that I have enough funds to give back to our community.”

In a further explanation, Barr said, “I support events that I believe in, like Siskiyou Science Festival. I want to see kids enjoying themselves, and I want the events to be effective. I love being a part of the children’s lives, and I donate because it brings me joy. We all need opportunities. People want to live here and if we provide good opportunities for them, more people will want to visit and live here – helping our communities grow.”

Barr explained how his business incorporates many S.T.E.A.M. activities. “From calculating costs, using graphs to show trends in the items that people buy, making artistic decisions on store displays, engineering how to display items, and more, we use these skills and hard work to be successful.”

Siskiyou Science Festival is a community-wide effort spearheaded by Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Other sponsors include Ford Family Foundation, Mt. Shasta Rotary, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Dignity Health, Campbell Global, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Siskiyou Land Trust.

For more information about Siskiyou Science Festival, go to their website, www.siskiyouscifest.com. When you are there, you may also sign up to become an exhibitor or volunteer.