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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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