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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Cook kids went on two wheels at age two 2010.05.19

Written by David Green.

In most households, two-year-olds are known as toddlers. Not at the Cook house. They’re thumb_cook_kids_on_bikes.jpgknown as cyclists in that family.

Wyatt was the first of the Cook kids to ditch his training wheels when he was three years old. Next came Jarett, he learned just three months after his third birthday.

When the twins, Caden and Kenden came along, their mother, Heather, knew she could do better than that.

“We got them bikes for their second birthday July 11 and by the end of August they were riding,” she said.

Riding on two wheels, that is.

Heather says it wasn’t really that hard to teach them, but she isn’t sure whether her kids have a special talent or if most youngster could learn that early.

“All four of them learned by three—what’s the likelihood of that?” she asks.

The boys all learned in the nearby Morenci Elementary School parking lot and they avoided any major injuries.

There were some spills and scrapes, said their father, Jason, but nothing that made them want to give it up.

“They have more injuries now because they’re daredevils,” Heather said, watching their circles in the driveway grow faster and faster.

Their skills continue to improve. When their mother goes off on three-mile walks for exercise, the twins are right there following on two wheels.

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