Morenci schools: Morenci's wellness policy

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN 

Educators and the public alike are often unhappy with new rules from Washington, but a piece of legislation passed in 2004 could prove to be a benefit for everyone. The new law requires that any district that participates in the National School Lunch Program must have a wellness policy in place by July of this year.

The creation of a wellness policy forces every district to take a close look at its nutritional and physical education programs, to determine if what’s offered in the cafeteria is in the best of interest of children’s health and what is taught in gym class will serve children’s health now and in the future.

Morenci Board of Education members are taking a look at the proposed policy created by a wellness committee. Much of what they found was to their liking. Superintendent Kyle Griffith believes Morenci is ahead of many districts.

For example, the soft drink machines are located outside the school building and are unplugged during the day. The cafeteria is serving low fat dressings and breakfast cereals with reduced sugar.

The changes made here in recent months might seem like small steps, but a lot of little alterations add up to make a big difference.

The committee is charged with taking an on-going look at the many facets of the wellness policy and additional changes will undoubtedly be made.

School officials will do their part in trying to make Morenci students healthy. The remainder of the effort must come from the home where parents, too, need to take a look at “home policies” for raising healthy children.

 

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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