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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.

First grade class observes Veterans Day 11.14

Written by David Green.

Why join the military?

To help people be free, said one first grade student in Melissa Elliott’s class. To help our planet, suggested another. We want to help the country, said a third.

To help pay for college, said an adult, adding a dose of practical reality to the discussion.

“Some of us just wanted to be in the military since we were little kids,” said veteran Joseph Steadman.

Steadman, a part-time police officer with the Morenci department, served as the main speaker Monday for a Veterans Day ceremony in Mrs. Elliott’s class.

Students filled out forms ahead of time listing members of their families who have served or are serving in the armed forces.

During a “sharing circle” students took turns talking about their fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other family members. Some students had photos to show.

One spoke of a relative who lost his legs in World War II. Another student spoke of a relative who suffered a leg injury in Iraq.

One spoke of his great-grandfather. Another of his great-great-great-grandfather who fought in World War III.

World War III?

History can get a little fuzzy for first graders. 

Steadman told the class that some soldiers are still missing.

“It’s very important that we remember these people,” he said, pointing to his MIA  (missing in action) bracelet.

Jack Sampson of the Morenci American Legion post gave each student a small flag and Jeff Steadman, the brother of Officer Steadman, gave a commemorative dog tag to students whose parents were veterans.

The big gift was saved for class member Thomas Hodshire, whose father was killed in Iraq while the family was still living in North Adams.

Students in the class all signed a letter for Thomas in appreciation of the sacrifice by his father, Michael.

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