The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Dina Dinosaur teaches classroom skills in Fayette 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

dino.1When Dina Dinosaur is awakened from her traveling case, students start paying attention to details. They learn to listen and to wait—good skills to have in the classroom.

Dina, a puppet, is operated by Mandy Wyman, a school counsel employed by the Four-County Family Center based in Toledo.

Fayette Elementary School has joined four others in the area to receive a weekly visit from Wyman to implement the  Incredible Years prevention program.

The Dinosaur Child Training Program uses puppets to teacher kindergarten and first grade students skills to strengthen their social, emotional and academic competencies.

Through the free 10-week program, Wyman will help students understand and detect various emotional states; control anger; learn problem-solving techniques when angry; see ways to be helpful and friendly at school and at home; learn about sharing; and develop positive play skills.

dino.3Dina Dinosaur’s role is to help children do their best in school. Other puppets address different skills. Wyman also shows videos and alternates group circle discussion with work at the children’s desks.

Material is provided to teachers so they can reinforce what Wyman presents during the remainder of the week. In addition, homework is assigned that gives parents a view of the program.

Wyman’s goal is to boost self-esteem and self-confidence and reduce negative conflicts among students. This, in turn, should lead to more academic success.

“This is a wonderful prevention program,” said Kathy Short, director of the Four County Family Center. “Teaching social and emotional skills to our young children is important to their successful growth and development.”

Wyman reports receiving a positive response from school districts she’s served.

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