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.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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