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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.

Pinwheels for Peace 9.17

Written by David Green.

Look for this year’s Neal Singles Memorial 5K Run to be a little more colorful than usual.

The Sept. 21 date coincides with International Peace Day and Morenci students will join in with the creation of Pinwheels for Peace. Students are constructing simple pinwheels this week and will plant them in the ground for the Sunday morning running event.front.pinwheels.jpg

Pinwheels for Peace began as an art installation in Coconut Creek, Fla., in 2005 and the idea has spread to various locations around the globe. Last year, more than 1.2 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 2,500 locations.

Morenci Middle School teacher Jane Brasher-Garrow read about the project in an art magazine and decided it would be a great way for all three Morenci school buildings to work together.

Organizers of the international event describe it as non-political, stating that peace doesn’t have to be associated with the conflict of war. Peace can also be associated with violence and intolerance in a person’s daily life, or refer to peace of mind.

Although peace means different things to different people, Pinwheels for Peace suggests this definition: “a state of calm and serenity with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or a group of people.”

“I like the way they present it,” Mrs. Brasher-Garrow said. “It’s a good way to remember to do peaceful things. It could be as simple as sitting quietly in the woods.”

Pinwheels created by students will be placed near the finish line of the race and along the bus pickup road behind the board of education office. High school students will display their creations in front of the school.

Community members are also invited to participate. Directions for making both regular pinwheels and pin-less wheels can be found at www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/ideas.html.

Runners might be looking for calm weather Sunday morning, but a little breeze will set dozens of pinwheels into motion.

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