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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Planning contiunues for Morenci's Living Library 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

Stair Public Library is still looking for a few good Books for its interactive Living Library.

Agnostic, Alcoholic, Conservative, Feminist, Hillbilly, Police Officer, Religious Cult Member, Senior Citizen, and Witch are among the titles already on the shelves.

Suggestions are still being accepted for  people who represent stereotypes such as Hunter, Homosexual, Muslim, Jew and High School Drop-Out—or any other stereotype that might be prevalent in this area.

The Living Library, planned at Stair Public Library Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is called “living” because the Books are people, people representing stereotypes.

Readers will “borrow” Books—for half hour loan periods—and have a conversation with them. During that time, both the Books and the Readers can ask each other questions and talk about the stereotype.

The goal of the Living Library is to promote dialogue and tolerance and reduce prejudices through interaction. Readers may be able to renew Books for another half hour if there are no other requests. Readers of all stripes are encouraged to participate in the Living Library—it’s not necessary to have raging prejudices to benefit from the program.

Anyone with suggestions for Books should contact Colleen Leddy at 517/458-6510 or 517/458-7642.

For more information, go to www.living-library.org and click “About.” Click “Activities” and scroll down to March 28 to see Morenci’s listing.

 

• The Living Library project began in Denmark in 2000 when the “Stop the Violence” youth organization was encouraged to come up with an event for the Roskilde Festival that would focus on non-violence and encourage dialogue.

The project spread throughout Europe and Australia before hitting the United States last year.

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