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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.

Lenawee United Way announces county-wide grants 1.27.10

Written by David Green.

Lenawee United Way board members met Jan. 19 and established funding priorities for 15 programs. The funding cycle will begin in April and continue through July 2012.

Priority issues identified in the agency’s community investment process includes basic needs, financial stability and health.

Last month, 26 volunteers representing a cross-section of the community reviewed 25 proposals from 22 county agencies.

The following proposals were approved for funding:

• Adrian Medical Clinic (Family Medical Center) $35,000;

• Childcare (Adrian Community Preschool) $20,000;

• Children’s Advocacy Program (Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $50,000;

• Citizenship and Community Life (HOPE Community Center), $35,000;

• Club-based Mentoring (Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee), $17,000;

• Complete Approach to Self-sufficiency (Community Action Agency), $45,000;

• Counseling Voucher Program (Catholic Charities/Family Counseling & Children’s Services), $45,000;

• Daily Distributions (Associated Charities), $45,000;

• Family Support Program (Child Care Network), $20,000;

• Homeless to Home Ownership (Habitat for Humanity), $20,000;

• Housing First (Lenawee Emergency & Affordable Housing Corporation), $50,000;

• Lenawee Dental Clinic (Family Medical Center), $45,000;

• Legal Advice and Representation (Legal Services of South Central Michigan), $25,000;

• Workers on Wheels (Goodwill Industries), $30,000;

• Youth Start (Goodwill Industries), $18,000.

In 2002 United Way of America encouraged local United Ways to approach funding through “community investment.” It called upon United Way agencies to focus on specific community-minded issues and to work with nonprofit groups to reach measurable goals.

In 2007, the Lenawee United Way board of directors voted and approved a community investment model for Lenawee County. This model invests in agencies and programs that show marked improvement and measurable results over time, with specific goals linked to priority areas.

Community investment is described as engagement and participation, with  a focus on critical human service needs in the community among the economically disadvantaged. Using this model allows donor dollars to have a greater impact on the recipients and gives donors the opportunity to do more with their contributions.

The Lenawee United Way fund-raising campaign continues through the next few months with final totals to be announced in June at the annual meeting.

The mission of Lenawee United Way is to mobilize community resources to create a measurably better life for the people of Lenawee County.

For more information, contact Lenawee United Way at 517/263-4696 or visit www.lenaweeunitedway.org.

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