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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.

Imagination Library 01.20.2010

Written by David Green.

Sitting on the lap of your mother or father, listening to a book being read—it’s a warm, cozy activity that many adults remember with fondness.

Count Dolly Parton among those who treasure the memory. Her Dollywood Foundation has delivered millions of books to children across the country in hopes that they, too, will enjoy reading time on a parent’s lap.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has arrived in Lenawee County through an effort by the Lenawee Community Foundation.

Any child up through age five is eligible to receive a free hardcover book every month of the year. When a child is enrolled, the Dollywood Foundation first sends a copy of “The Little Engine that Could.” At the end of a child’s eligibility period, “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” arrives at a child’s home.

Parton’s project started in 1996 in her home area of the Smoky Mountains, but in 2008 she made the Imagination Library a nation-wide effort.

Sue Hammersmith and Shelley Hickman of the Lenawee Community Foundation started organizing a local Imagination Library in 2008. They spoke with service groups and individuals raised $46,000 for initial funding, plus a $5,000 endowment fund. Earlier this month, more than 460 children were enrolled.

The cost of the program is $30 a year for each child, although no families are charged a fee. Donations are gratefully accepted from those able to give.

The Lenawee Community Foundation is working in partnership with the county’s six community libraries, including Morenci’s Stair Public Library, in addition to the county library and its five branches.

Parents can enroll children at any library. The cost of the books are paid through donations in local communities; the books are mailed to children directly from the Dollywood Foundation.

It’s not only the enjoyable experience for children that Hammersmith is looking for through the effort. She also expecting to see academic improvements among children involved.

“We believe the Lenawee Imagination Library can increase school success by helping to prepare children to learn in kindergarten and beyond,” she said.

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