Morenci Board of Education 02.02.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area High School’s Volunteer Club aims to send at least $1,200 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti.

The club bought 500 bracelets imprinted with “Hope for Haiti.” The bracelets sell for $2 each, although some students have given more than that.

The club isn’t recouping its costs from purchasing the bracelets, so all proceeds will go the Red Cross, said advisor Deb Hojnacki.

The bracelets are on sale at home sporting events and can also be purchased by calling the school.

The club has also organized a change drive. Canisters are in place in each classroom for a daily collection during the first class of the day. The classroom with the highest per-person collection will receive a prize.

Change is also being collected at the elementary school and the middle school completed a one-week collection of Box Tops for Education, raising $140.

A box top collection from Kimberly-Clark products is an on-going project at the school, principal Kay Johnson said, but a special effort brought in 1,400.

In addition to hearing about fund-raising efforts, the Morenci Board of Education voted Monday night to hire Kyle McClain as the middle school wrestling coach. He will be assisted by volunteers Levi Hoffman and Chad Nino.

PRINCIPALS—Superintendent Kyle Griffith said he has his usual words of praise for his principals—how they’re always going above and beyond the call of duty for students—but he also spoke about their character.

“They’re just great people and the community is extremely fortunate to have them,” he said.

Principals Week is scheduled Feb. 14-20.

PRAISE—A letter was read from the manager of Culver’s restaurant in Adrian about the good behavior of Morenci students. The Equations teams have eaten at the restaurant once a month recently and the Culver staff is always impressed that it’s polite group that cleans up after the meal.

“That’s a tribute to the community, staff and students,” said high school principal Nate Parker.

LISD TECH—Hospitality and Culinary Arts instructor Corbett Day spoke to board members about the LISD program, explaining how adjustments have been made to the curriculum to help meet state graduation requirements.

Half a credit each of mathematics and science can be earned from his class, with the help of a science consultant who also works with students.

His program includes top-of-line equipment, he said, along with providing experience with local businesses and related industries. Students employ  mathematical skills in determining costs.

Day said his classes include a variety of work habit skills, such as employability skills, attendance, attitude and involvement.

Morenci junior Megan Crowell spoke about her experiences in the class and she thanked three of her Morenci teachers for preparing her: Mrs. Griffiths (now retired) for helping her discover her interest in culinary arts; Mr. Brown for teaching the mental math needed in cooking; and Mrs. Nieman for teaching how a consume a lot of information at once.

She intends to study at a culinary school following high school and would like to own a restaurant.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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