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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.

Caitlin Snyder wants to stamp out cancer 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

caitlin.snyderBy DAVID GREEN

Cancer is a fact of life in Caitlin Snyder's family. Three of her grandmothers suffer from the disease.

If Caitlyn had her way, it would soon become something that never entered into a conversation. It's an ailment the Morenci fifth grade student wants to see wiped away.

Her grandmother Mary Snyder had been making strides in her fight against  cancer, but now it’s back and the problem has been weighing on Caitlin’s mind.

A few weeks ago she decided to do her part in fighting the disease by raising funds for cancer research. First, she needed an idea for making money.

“Everybody reads so I thought they could use a bookmark,” Caitlin said.

Not everybody likes to read, she said, but in her world of middle school, books are used every day and bookmarks would come in handy.

Caitlin serves as the chief sales person, but she’s getting help from friends.

“My principal said that the more help I get, the more money I’ll get,” she said.

She also receives lots of help in creating the bookmarks from her grandmothers. They cut a piece of plastic canvas into the right shape, then make a solid, light-colored background. A ribbon is worked into the pattern, with the color representing various forms of cancer. Orange for leukemia, gray for brain cancer, pink for breast cancer, purple for pancreatic cancer, etc.

One grandmother makes the background, the other creates the ribbon.

Caitlin sells the bookmarks for 25 cents each or five for a dollar. Not all of her buyers see a bookmark, she said. Some kids turn them into bracelets or wear them as pins.

Caitlin sells them by visiting classrooms and she also finds customers in the cafeteria. She’s been pleased with the results, bringing in more than $70 already.

Some students have been very generous.

“One dude gave us his change from lunch which was $2.50 and we got $13 from another dude,” she said.

When she reaches her goal of $100, she’ll give the money to principal Kelli Campbell to have her send a check to a cancer research organization.

Caitlin knows that cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States and she knows if affects more than grandmothers.

“There are tons of kids who die from cancer,” she said. “If you think about it, all around the world there are thousands of kids dying from cancer.”

That knowledge keeps her busy pushing bookmarks to her fellow students.

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