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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.

Traffic flow problem at Morenci Elementary 2012.01.25

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Whenever Morenci Elementary School dean of students Mary Fisher sees a child nearly get hit by a car in the school’s front circle drive, she knows she has to continue working with parents about safety rules.

Fisher knows she’s made strides and most parents are abiding by rules, but not everyone is paying attention.

“It’s been a real issue for us,” she said. “We’re just trying to do the best we can do to keep our kids safe.”

Changes haven’t come easily. At one time in the past, parents volunteered to direct traffic and keep cars out of the circle drive in the afternoon. They were sometimes met with verbal abuse.

“Convenience has to take second place to safety,” said Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks, who has helped with the issue.

The situation can become very chaotic—particularly in the afternoon—and patience is needed, Chief Weeks added.

Fisher has issued separate instructions for morning and afternoon traffic.

A.M.—When dropping off a child in heavy traffic, advance past the school toward the end of the drive before stopping. This will allow additional cars to enter the drive and avoid a traffic backup into Locust Street.

If a parent needs to go into the school, the vehicle should be parked in a parking spot rather than blocking traffic in the drive.

The newer parking area on the west end of the school can also be used.

P.M.—The circle drive is blocked in the afternoon with traffic cones, but Fisher has seen some drivers work their way around them. One day she watched a vehicle back into the drive.

Fisher prefers that cars line up along Page Street to pick up children or use the parking lot on the west end.

Some parents park on Locust Street in front of the school. When that’s done, she urges parents to park in the lane closest to the school so children don’t have to “J-walk” across traffic.

Some parents park a block away on Burley Street to avoid the heavy traffic near the school.

When the school was constructed in the 1950s, most students who lived in town walked to school and the size of the front drive wasn’t an issue.

That brings to mind one other solution to the traffic problem.

“Parents could let them walk to school,” Fisher said.

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