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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.

Stair Public Library wins $25,000 grant 12.08.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Stair Public Library received a $25,000 grant to establish a teen area and to replace carpeting.

Library director Colleen Leddy was recently notified that the Reinhardt Library Fund of Midland, Mich., approved her application to create a 10 foot by 10 foot teen reading area with comfortable seating, small tables, shelving and an area rug.

In addition, the library’s 13-year-old carpet is showing wear, stains and some hazardous features, especially in high traffic areas.

“The Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund Grant sparked us to look at the library 13 years after it was constructed and ask, ‘What can be done to improve it?’” Leddy said.

Some needs jumped out immediately—the lack of an area for teens and the worn-out carpet—but in looking how to address those problems, a few other needs came into view.

The project also calls for the installation of slatboard display panels in the back door entryway to display brochures, educational handouts and business information intended for public distribution. This will free up existing shelving for paperback books.

Finally, the project will replace three media racks currently used for CDs, audio cassettes and materials in the children’s library.

The Reinhardt Fund award letter praised the library by stating, “The Grant Committee was impressed with the library’s work and involvement in the community.”

The fund was created by Robert Charles Reinhardt, a chemical engineer with Dow Chemical Company in Midland who valued education. Reinhardt died in 2008.

“Education and reading were important to Bob,” said his widow, Ilene. “He believed library resources should be available to everyone.”

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