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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.

Fayette ag teacher attends academy 2012.09.05

Written by David Green.

Fayette High School’s agriculture teacher participated in the inaugural Ohio Ag-Biotechnology Academy at the DuPont Pioneer soybean research center in Napoleon. The event was sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council and DuPont Pioneer, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education.

Fayette teacher Pamela Schultz joined other agricultural education and science teachers from Ohio in the academy designed to engage teachers in a hands-on, inquiry-based atmosphere focused on integrating ag-biotechnology curriculum into career technical and high school education programs.

The goals mirrored those of the ag-biotechnology industry, including: exploring the scientific basis for consumer acceptance of biotechnology; assessing the potential for ag-biotechnology to contribute to global food security;  understanding the impact of ag-biotechnology on the environment, sustainability and nutrition around the world; and introducing the global pipeline for new biotechnology traits. 

Selected through a competitive application process, 26 teachers spent two days at the research center engaged in laboratory activities led by their peers that they can take back to their classrooms and integrate into curriculums this coming school year. 

Additionally, DuPont Pioneer soybean research scientist Cat Salois spent time talking about the importance of ag-biotechnology and how soybean breeding has adapted in an effort to meet the global food demands of a growing population. She also led teachers through a hands-on activity in the field, taking them step by step through the soybean crossing process. Relative application of ag-biotechnology was learned during a visit to a local farm hosted by Henry County farmer and Pioneer sales representative Kevin Homan. 

Many times teachers are limited on what they can teach because of a lack of laboratory equipment. To help with this, each teacher was given a starter lab kit and textbook, making it easy for them to add the science lessons learned to their curriculums. The kits were made possible with a DuPont Pioneer science education grant awarded to Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) through the DuPont Pioneer Giving program.

In addition to the science kits, teachers were given the opportunity to apply for additional grant money for more advanced equipment. Three teachers will be selected.

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