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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.

Morenci Education Foundation banquet announced 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

Of course there are the distinguished alumni to be honored and the auction items to sell for the scholarship fund. That’s a given.

But think about food when considering your attendance at this year’s Morenci Education Foundation Dinner and Auction at the high school April 17.

The eighth annual event—with the theme “Be a Class Act – Get an Education”—features a special dessert table from a local chef.

The meal will begin with a dinner catered by D&J Catering from Wauseon, featuring a salad bar, roast beef, Hawaiian chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans almondine and glazed carrots.

Then comes a dessert table featuring a variety of cake rolls prepared by Chuck Beck.

“To take this year’s event over the top,” said Foundation chair Bill Van Valkenburg, “the caterers will also be supplying a decadently delicious chocolate fountain complete with 10 dipping items.”

The evening will be dedicated to local business owners Adam and Gail Johnson who have been long-time supporters of both the city and the school district. Four Morenci graduates will be honored with Distinguished Alumni awards.

“This is the major fund-raiser for the Morenci Education Foundation,” Van Valkenburg said, “with all profits from the evening going toward scholarships for both this year’s seniors as well as returning college upperclassmen.”

During the past seven years, 44 scholarships totaling nearly $40,000 have been awarded—all through the faithfulness and generosity of the Morenci community,” Van Valkenburg said.

Auction items should be dropped off at the Morenci office of United Bank and Trust through April 10.

Invitations will be mailed to everyone who has attended in previous years and dinner reservations must be made by April 10. Reservations can be made on the Education Foundation website at www.morencieducationfoundation.org. Cash donations are always welcome and can be mailed to: MEF, 500 Page St., Morenci, MI 49256.

Ticket prices are the same as last year: $25 a person or $40 for a couple.

“All are welcome to attend,” Van Valkenburg said. “We’re hoping to have our biggest attendance yet.”

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