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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.

A pair of Fayette fund raisers 2.13

Written by David Green.

PTO: Fayette’s PTO group aims to fill the gaping hole in front of the new school. The framework is in place, but the digital sign that will announce school events has yet to be purchased.

Fund raising for the sign continues in the current school year with the group’s biggest project—the annual pancake and sausage supper and raffle.

This year’s event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the south gymnasium at the high school. As always, children of age preschool and under are admitted free.

If there’s one thing the PTO raffle is famous for, it’s the quality of the prizes. This year’s drawing will feature a Dell laptop computer, a Wii game system and an Apple iPod Nano.

Tickets will continue to be on sale at the dinner, up until the drawing time around 7 p.m.

Although the PTO is currently focussed on the dinner and raffle, the group has addressed other issues in recent months.

LEGION: A few veteran members of Fayette’s American Legion Post aren’t able to easily get inside the building due to the exterior steps.

That problem will be a thing of the past some day after members complete a project to make the facility handicapped accessible.

But the first order of business is fund-raising and that effort starts Friday with a series of six fish dinners. Serving is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“We have elderly veterans who can’t come in anymore,” said commander Victor Molina.

With the help of Fayette’s newly-chartered Sons of the American Legion group, Molina said there’s plenty of help available to see the project through.

The new Sons group, under the direction of Jake Leininger, has 40 members signed up.

“There are a lot of young guys who are really active,” Molina said. “The Sons give us a lot of exposure.”

Membership is open to sons and grandsons of qualifying veterans.

Plans call for construction of a ramp on the north side of the building that will end at an existing elevated doorway. Interior changes include closing off the kitchen to prevent the need for guests to pass through the kitchen on the way to the rest rooms.

 

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