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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.

Morenci students to receive H1N1 flu shots 10.21.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci students are asked to wear short sleeves shirts to school Friday when nurses from the Lenawee County Health Department give inoculations for H1N1 influenza.

The flu vaccine are given at no cost and on a voluntary basis. Parents have the option of refusing the vaccination.

Morenci is first on the list of public schools scheduled for flu shots, although shots were given Monday at Adrian College and the process went well, said coordinator Jane Clark.

Vaccines will be given from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the middle school media center—serving both the middle school and high school students—and at the elementary school.

Children must have a completed permission slip and registration form. Forms were sent home with children but are also available on the school website (www.morenci.k12.mi.us). Because the inoculations are free, there is no need to fill out the insurance information section of the form.

Forms should be returned to the school Friday morning at the very latest.

Shots will also be given to staff members only if they qualify as part of five priority groups:

• pregnant women,

• people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age,

• health care and emergency medical service workers,

• people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have certain health conditions such as HIV, diabetes or heart or lung disease.

The fifth group recommended for vaccinations is children between the ages of six months and 24 years. Children nine years and younger are to receive a second shot. In Morenci, repeat vaccines will be given Nov. 20 at the elementary school.

This starts the second round of public school vaccinations, with the first round ending at Britton schools Nov. 18.

Also on Friday, inoculations will be given free to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. in the middle school office. This clinic is only for those who qualify as part of the five priority groups listed above.

Registration forms can be obtained at a school office.

Clark said there are no plans now to offer vaccines to the general public.

“We’ve been told there is a shortage,” she said.

Clark also said the health department currently has no accurate information about the incidence of H1N1 in the county.

“We know there is some,” she said, “but we don’t have a count.”

For additional information about the Morenci clinic, call the health department at 517/264-5215 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Fulton County

The Fulton County Health Department is administering a limited number of vaccines only to members of the five priority groups listed above, and only by appointment.

Call the health department at 419/337-0915.

Additional information, including clinic times and locations, can be obtained at the health department website: www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com.

Remember the Three C’s:

Clean—Practice good and frequent hand washing

Cover—Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow

Contain—Stay home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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