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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.

Morenci's mentoring program strong at elementary school 11.17.2010

Written by David Green.

After Rosine Downing put out the call for volunteers to help with Morenci Elementary School’s mentoring program, the calls started rolling in.

“Within a week, we had 60 volunteers,” Downing said. “I was really overwhelmed. It was an excellent response.”

With that community assistance, 31 students are getting extra help with their reading skills. Each student involved meets with a mentor at least three times a week.

Volunteers are asked to give at least 30 minutes one day a week in the mentoring lab. Three 30-minute sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Some agree to do more than one session a week.

One teacher received a note from the parent of a child in the program, stating how much he’s enjoyed the adults who are helping him.

“They must be some special people,” the mother wrote.

By meeting with mentors early in the morning, Downing said, the students’ confidence gets built up which helps lead to success throughout the day.

Morenci Elementary School Dean of Students Mary Fisher explained that students are assessed at the start of the year and those needing extra reading help are suggested for the mentoring sessions.

The assessment data helps Downing create lessons tailored for each child in the program, and the academic focus changes as students progress through the year.

“By having the number of mentors we have, we can touch the lives of many students who need some extra help,” Fisher said. “Our students are so lucky to live in a community that cares.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the elementary school by calling 458-7504.

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