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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.

Family chosen for fair gifts 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.

Last year’s Town and Country Festival motorcycle poker run directed a lot of prizes to participants in the event. This year, organizer Bill Foster had another idea, something he’s calling “Send a Family to the Festival.”

Entry fees would again go to the festival committee as a fund raiser, but prizes donated by merchants would go to a local family in need.

“In honor of the Skelton brothers, we picked a family facing some hardships and presented them with a variety of gifts,” Foster said.

Finding a family was simple. He knew about a neighbor, Angela Conklin, and her four young sons and asked her if she would be interested.

Thursday afternoon Foster lined the boys up on his front steps and first presented them with cowboy hats and passes to the festival rodeo.

Next came weekend wristbands for carnival rides, donated by D&R Shows, the company that furnishes rides for the festival.

There were certificates for food from vendors, a dinner at Pearl’s Pizza Palace, piggy banks from United Bank and Trust, each containing three dollar coins, and several other items. There were plenty of treats to make sure the Conklins a good festival weekend.

“The response has been really great,” Foster said. “We’re going to do it every year.”

Before saying the project would be done honor of the Skelton boys, Foster spoke with their mother, Tanya, who thought it was a great idea.

“We want to keep thoughts about the boys out there,” Foster said.

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