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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Race team carries Skelton message 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

p.fireball.threeThe Fireball Run is road race unlike an other for a couple of reasons.

First of all, it isn’t really a road race at all. There are cars and teams of drivers and a course to follow, but there’s no racing through the countryside.

There are a few “gentle” vehicle-related competitions along the eight-day 3,500-mile trip, but most of the action involves interactive contests and challenges along the way.

The other major difference is the cause behind the event. Each team must distribute at least a thousand posters of a missing child.

In this year’s race that ended Saturday, car #55—with members Abby O’Neill, Ace Lipka and Randy Floresca—was given the mission of spreading information about Morenci’s Andrew Skelton.

“The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children” has not been an exercise in futility. To date, the event has led to the recovery of 38 missing children, including five in 2010 and one in 2011.

Morenci teacher Andi Rorick learned about the Fireball Run on Facebook and she soon made contact with O’Neill. Rorick was Andrew’s third grade teacher until he disappeared in November 2010.

“I wanted to let her know more about him other than just what was in the news,” Rorick said.

The two began an exchange that continued throughout the Fireball event—messages that often left O’Neill in tears as she learned about Andrew’s character from his teacher. 

“I am so happy you reached out to us because we truly hope that this helps everyone!” O’Neill wrote. “We worked so hard through this mission...over 40,000 posters were distributed in eight days for all of these kids.

“Our hearts melted when we heard there was one child found on our trip already so we know that this process truly works! We are praying and hoping that our efforts help to bring these amazing Skelton brothers home.”

Rorick invited the Team #55 to attend the prayer vigil Sunday in Wakefield Park and O’Neill is checking her calendar. There may be some special guests in town this weekend.

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