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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Church youths to do mission work at home 2012.05.02

Written by David Green.

Many Fayette youths have been involved in mission work in recent years, traveling to other locations to offer help.

This year the work will be done at home.

“Fayette has always been a community that accepts everyone and helps anyone,” said Anita Van Zile who is helping organize the event. “With the current economic situation, we believe there is no better time to come together to assist our community.”

Get ready for “Fayette Youth Invasion 2012,” the first of what is hoped to become an annual weekend of local service.       

The six area Fayette churches are uniting to make a positive difference in the community and the surrounding area, and allowing the church youths to lead the charge.

The mission trip is scheduled Aug. 9-11.  Youths and their chaperones will live in the Fayette school during that time and go out each day to designated work areas.

Youth leaders are meeting to organize activities and choose work sites.

“The youth will have a faith-filled experience while at the school and extend that experience out into the village and community to assist with those in need,” Van Zile said. “The team would like to involve everyone who wishes to take part in this experience, as either a volunteer or as a recipient of a donation of time and labor to complete your needed work project.”

Organizers are seeking commitments of assistance in the form of time donated, work supplies, equipment or money.  The level of involvement will be decided by each volunteer. Donations should be made through any of the six area churches. All donations are tax deductible. 

Possible work sites for junior high and high school students and their chaperones will be inspected and evaluated by the Youth Invasion committee. Safety is an important consideration and acceptance of a work site will be determined on a case-by-case evaluation. No youths will be allowed to complete any roofing projects.

Possible work projects could include landscaping, yard work, interior and exterior house painting, house cleaning, the Helping Hands Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s and the Village of Fayette. Light construction projects will also be considered.

To help with the project or to submit a potential work site for evaluation, contact a church or call Robyn Bingman at 237-0019, Vickie Cox at 237-1411, or Anita Van Zile at 237-3019.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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