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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.

Fire department urges parents to develop escape plan 2011.10.26

Written by David Green.

Last year Morenci Fire Department members spoke to elementary school students about the importance of smoke detectors. This year the talk turned to escape plans.

Fire department members visited with elementary school students Tuesday, urging them to sit down with their parents to create a plan to safely get out of their house in the case of fire.

“What we’re doing Tuesday won’t mean much without parents getting involved,” said fire department officer Jeff Ort last week. “Parents’ enthusiasm is essential.”

Fires with fatalities have occurred in Morenci, Ort said, and that might be prevented with good planning.

“It’s not a big, technical plan,” he said, but children need to know what to do if their house is on fire.

“The more everyone is familiar with the plan, the less panic there will be,” Ort said.

Children should be bringing material home from school. In addition, an advertisement on page 9 of this week’s Observer lists several guidelines to make a family prepared. Videos and other material is also available at the National Fire Prevention Association website (www.nfpa.org). Look for the “Safety Information” link.

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