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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.

Fayette Area Foundation buys tympani drum set 3.19

Written by David Green.

The generosity of a Gorham Fayette graduate from the 1930s continues to benefit students today.

Funds from a donation by Marguerite (Stowell) Grueneberg recently led to the purchase of a four-piece tympani set for the Fayette school band.

Grueneberg, a member of the Class of 1934, gave a large sum of money for two purposes, explained Fayette Area Foundation board member David Metcalf.

Half of the money was to be used for scholarships, and those funds were exhausted last spring after 15 years.

The other half was to be used for various classroom equipment, including musical instruments.

In the past, the funds have been used primarily for computer purchases, Metcalf said, and this is the first time a request has come from the music department.

The four-piece Ludwig drum set cost $7,500.

Fayette Music Booster president Suzy Sommers is very appreciative of the Fayette Area Foundation’s decision to buy the tympani because it would have taken a long time for the Boosters to be able to fund the purchase.

The Boosters pay the cost of solo and ensemble contests, all-county and district competition and other band and choir needs. A portion of the Boosters’ funds is placed aside for equipment needs and the group is considering buying a digital organ.

The Boosters’ annual Little Caesar’s fund-raiser recently wrapped up for 2008.

Metcalf reminds alumni and other Fayette school supporters to keep the Fayette Area Foundation in mind. Large donations such as the Grueneberg gift are rare, but smaller gifts also help the group continue its support of the school.

Donations should be sent to Box 130, Fayette, OH 43521.

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