Morenci Education Foundation mini-grants 11.03.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci Education Foundation mini-grants were awarded to seven teachers last week, with more to be announced later.

The seven grants totaled $3,642. The foundation sponsors an annual Father’s Day golf tournament to build funds for the grant program.

High School

• Art teacher Kym Ries was awarded $200 to support a community exhibition of student art in the “New York New York” show during Stair Public Library’s “Picturing New York…in a tiny Midwest town” program.

The money was used to purchase materials for art frames and plywood to create outdoor sculptures.

Elementary School

• Third grade teachers Chris Mansfield and Andi Rorick each received $420 to buy multimedia LCD projectors to present lessons from the internet.

• Third grade teacher Robin Borton received $1,016 to buy a document camera and digital projector. The equipment replaces the overhead projector and transparencies.

• First grade teacher Liz Jarrell received $86 to buy 75 phonics literacy cards to be used on a “magic board.”

• Physical education teacher Sandy Clark received $400 to buy 80 t-shirts for rewards in the “Moving Through the Months” cardio-respiratory endurance program.

• Music teacher Keith Filipek received $1,100 to replace old sound equipment used in musical productions and the all-school musical.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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