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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.

Zachel's schoolhouse deeded to preservation group 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

John and Peggy Zachel believe they’ve found the perfect solution for the continued preservation of their historic schoolhouse.

They’ve deeded the property to the Sutton School Preservation Foundation and expect the restored one-room school will be available for future generations to visit.

The Sutton organization was founded in 2008 with the goal of preserving the Sutton School in Raisin Township. The Zachels learned of the group through a contact at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

The Zachels explained their desire to have the school cared for and available for guests to get a glimpse of rural American education as it existed into the 1950s. An agreement was reached and both sides are pleased with the prospects for the future.

“It’s a great honor and a great responsibility,” said foundation board member Ellen Hicks. [The schoolhouse] is in immaculate condition and has been perfectly restored. We wish to preserve the schoolhouse in a manner that honors the Zachels and their commitment to preservation, education and their local community.”

The Zachels purchased the property at M-156 and Ridgeville Road in 1956 after consolidation led to the closure of the schoolhouse. About 10 years ago they started a restoration project and enlisted the help of Jack Sampson. The building was opened to the public in 2003 and was listed as a Michigan Historic Site in 2006.

The schoolhouse will be open for touring from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 during Morenci’s school reunion weekend. Light refreshments will be served and tours of the building offered.

Sutton Foundation board member Abel Cooper of Leh-Nah-Weh Native American Organization will lead a dedication prayer ceremony at 8:30 a.m.

Hicks is hoping to see former students of the school in attendance that day. She would enjoy hearing recollections from the past and she welcomes them to help out in telling visitors about the school.

The schoolhouse will also be open from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday. To arrange for a visit at any other time, call Hicks at 517/918-2936.

The foundation is collecting favorite recipes for a Wilson-Zachel Schoolhouse cookbook  [Simon Wilson was the first property owner]. Entries should be brought to the open house or mailed to Sutton School Preservation Foundation, PO Box 133, Adrian, MI 49221.

For more information about Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses, visit the website www.one-roomschool.org.

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