2008.10.29 Rachel Barron: school lunch

Written by David Green.

My mother always quoted the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I, for one, am grateful to have Morenci Area Schools as part of my village. To the volunteers, janitors, lunch ladies, librarians, aides, coaches and teachers all the way up to our superintendent, I thank you. We are so fortunate to have such caring people aiding us in raising our children into the fine young citizens they are.

I am writing this in response to the letter last week that bashed our school breakfast program and insulted the intelligence of our parents. I have lived in Morenci my entire life and am proud to call it my home. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and have five children from age five to 18. I have been privileged to be a stay-at-home mother and be able to see my children off to school. On the other hand, I realize this is not an option for all parents.

In no way do I claim to be a perfect parent, kudos to those who are. My point is, parenting is not an easy job and it has become a competition among us. Rather than judging others, we need to support and respect each other in this crazy journey called parenthood. We also need to understand that not all children have the family unit some are so blessed with. Does this make theirs less of a family than mine? Wouldn’t it be wonderful it we all lived in a perfect world?

The breakfast program is a service provided by the school for those who choose to take advantage of it. Although it may not be perfect, most would agree it is a positive program. I would like to thank those who organized this program for the sole purpose of helping our children succeed. I’m sure there were many hours invested, and your hard work is much appreciated. After all, I know these are my children and ultimately they are my responsibility. I take my job as a parent very seriously and I am thankful to all of those who are part of my village.

– Rachel Barron

Mulberry Rd., Morenci

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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