The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Morenci Education Foundation awards mini-grants 2011.11.02

Written by David Green.

Morenci Education Foundation awarded nine mini-grants to teachers last week.

The nine grants totaled $2,033. The foundation sponsors an annual Father’s Day golf tournament to generate funds for the grant program. During the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded 131 grants totaling $46,612.

High school

Art teacher Kym Ries was awarded $150 to provide Cultural Design students the opportunity to further explore international cultures. The students will paint each others’ faces with designs from the Sudan and Amazon regions and then photograph their painted faces for a photo exhibit.

The grant will be used to purchase face painting materials and photographs.

Elementary school

• Kindergarten teacher Paula Grieder received $161 to purchase an alphabet flip chart and Letter-of-the-Day chart for use with the Letter-of-the-Week curriculum.

• Third grade teachers Robin Borton and Kelly Bush each received $250 to purchase sets of history books for all third grade students that would integrate reading and Michigan history.

• Third grade teacher Kelly Bush was also awarded a $200 grant to purchase a projection camera to allow her to project teaching materials on the board.

• Fourth grade teachers received $250 to purchase supplemental reading and social studies materials.

• Fourth grade teacher Beth Wright was awarded $256 to purchase a projection camera to illustrate concepts she is teaching.

• Fourth grade teacher Natalie Zuvers received $257 to purchase a projection camera and an “Eggspert” quiz game to enable student to review concepts in an interactive way. She was also awarded $257 to purchase supplemental math and science materials to provide hands-on learning opportunities.

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