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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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    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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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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