Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

Good news. The Stephenville Optimist Club has awarded Sandra Pierce $150 to enhance her Reading Program at Morgan Mill School. Sandra has to “beat the bushes” each year in order to find enough incentive prizes for readers who have reached their yearly goals.  This money will be put to good use because each year more and more kids are reaching their reading goals.  This achievement can be seen in the Exemplary test scores.  Thanks to Stephenville Optimist in helping Morgan Mill award their deserving students.

Remember the proposed school budget hearing is Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. in the school library. The proposed tax rate of $1.04/$100 will remain the same. The big ticket item this year is the purchase of a new bus.  It will be here in December.  The teachers with 20 or more years experience received a $500 raise in this year’s budget.  Morgan Mill has always been proud to say that it does not have a debt to pay off. Everything is pay as you go. Another thing that Superintendent Dean Edwards always points out is that Morgan Mill collects no federal funds. Our students do not qualify for federal funds that so many school districts collect. That is a good thing.

Five years ago in Milling Around this paragraph appeared.

“You will remember at the dedication ceremony Jan Branch gave the community center a kids drawing of the town of Morgan Mill as it appeared in 1960. The streets are labeled and all the residents are named. It was a school project.  Martha and William Bramlett took the drawing home and have returned it framed for the center. Also, the Bramlett’s brought an oil painting by Artie Rasberry of the Yancy Store. Artie was not only a good cook, but a talented artist. Our Morgan Mill Cookbook was dedicated to her.” 

Our historical archives at the center continue to grow. We appreciate all of the gifts and at every family reunion there are ex-Morgan Millites pleased with the pictures. If you have not been to the conference room of the Community Center lately, be sure to make a point of seeing the new additions to our archives.

Looking ahead, our first football game here is Sept. 9. We will not play Stephenville this year because we do not have enough eighth graders to field an 11-person team. It had gotten to be a favorite tradition that we will look forward to returning next year possibly. 

Arts and Crafts Fair is Sept. 11. If you need a booth, be sure to call Mary Adams. It is about the time that all the crafters are trying to finish their last minute items. There will be homemade jellies and jams. All kinds of pies and cakes will be on the menu.  Handcrafted jewelry and wooden items are especially looked for during pre Halloween and Christmas days.  Mark your calendars and be in Morgan Mill starting at breakfast at 6:30 at the Community Center with Bush’s breakfast items and Sandstrom’s waffles. The Tabernacle activities begin at 9. The raffle quilt chances will be sold at the Fair for $1. This fundraiser has been used, in the past, for scholarships for our high school graduates.