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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.

United Way collection underway 11.12.08

Written by David Green.

When times get tough, the funding needs of United Way agencies tend to grow stronger.

The American Red Cross, the Counseling Vouching Program, legal services, dental clinic, Associated Charities, HOPE Community Center, Housing First affordable housing, Hospice of Lenawee and others—the county-wide programming by the Lenawee United Way addresses a variety of needs and ages.

“There is no doubt that these are very challenging times in our economy, but that makes the need all the more urgent,” said  the United Way’s Amy Palmer. “Many of our agencies are overwhelmed with the increased volume of need from working families and individuals who require extra support to help make ends meet.”           

A portion of the county collection is returned directly to communities. Nearly $5,000 was recently distributed among four Morenci programs from United Way funds collected last year, but that was far short of the requests made.

“Nobody was fully funded through United Way,” said Morenci chair Brad Frederick, “but everybody requesting funds got something.”

More than $11,000 was divided among five agencies the previous year and more than $10,000 was requested from five agencies this year. With the steep drop in donations, four programs received limited funding from the United Way and two programs received direct donations from a local industry.

“There wasn’t enough money to go around,” said Morenci board member Simone Haas. “I thought it was just awful.”

As a co-owner of Roth Fabricating, Haas said she and co-owner Shane Sarnac decided to fill the gap.

“We’ve done well this year so it was our way of giving back to the community,” she said.

Roth gave $1,000 to the city’s Summer Recreation Program and $1,500 to the winter clothing campaign at Morenci Elementary School, to buy coats, hats and mittens for children in need of warm winter gear.

The local United Way allocations board—Frederick, Haas, Jennifer Blaker, Rosemary Dickerson and Kyle Griffith—awarded $1,000 to the Summer Recreation program; $1,838 to Stair Public Library; $1,000 to the Morenci Elementary School PTO for the fifth grade camping experience; and $1,160 to the Morenci Fire Department.

In order to receive funding, agencies now must meet 501c3 federal guidelines and address one of four areas: basic needs; employment and self-sufficiency; health; and youth at risk.

Any donation of $100 or more can be designated for a particular eligible agency.

Anyone making donations through payroll deductions should file a pledge form by the end of November, Frederick said, and individuals should make gifts by mid-December at the latest.

To obtain a pledge form, call Frederick at 517/605-1020.

 

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