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Earth Day volunteers add six gardens to school yard

Earth Day volunteers add six gardens to school yard

Jay Gavin, a kindergarten student at Sandburg Elementary, stood atop the pile of soil that would soon fill six freshly constructed wooden frames. The topsoil blackened his bare feet and dirt smudges outlined the corners of his smile.

Jay was part of a group of students, staff, and parents of Sandburg Elementary School who celebrated Earth Day by tripling the number of vegetable gardens in their schoolyard.

UW police collecting unwanted drugs, expired medications

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department is participating in the fourth National Take Back Initiative with the DEA on April 27.

The initiative aims to make people's homes and communities a safer place by giving them the opportunity to bring in their unwanted or expired medications to the Police Department for safe disposal.

This event normally occurs on Saturday, however to accommodate the campus community, the UWPD event will be a day early, on Friday, April 27.

People can drop of medications without even getting out of their vehicles. They can just drive in, dump their medications into a bucket that one of the department's uniformed officers will be holding and drive off.

No information will be taken, and the whole process should take less than a minute. No needles or aerosols, no containers (All liquids must be in their original containers.) For convenience, people should just bring their medications in a plastic bag.

MMSD releases budget recommendations

MMSD releases budget recommendations

The Madison Metropolitan School District presented its preliminary budget recommendations on Friday for the Board of Education’s review.

"This preliminary budget recommendation makes strategic choices to fill our budget gap and lays a strong foundation for the important work ahead," Superintendent Dan Nerad said.

The budget recommendations fill the district’s budget gap, maintain current programs and include:

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

The Goodman Pool Waves invite all prospective swim team members to an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 1625 Northport Dr. 

The meeting is designed to be a Q&A for parents and swim team members. Families will learn about scholarship opportunities, meet the coach and see what being a part of the Waves is all about.

The Waves Swim Team is open to youth ages 6-18.   

For more information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/swimTeam.cfm.

Public Meetings Continue On District's Plan To Close Achievement Gap

Public Meetings Continue On District's Plan To Close Achievement Gap

About 150 Madison residents gathered Wednesday night at CUNA Mutual Group to discuss the programs and recommendations included in the Madison Metropolitan School District's plan.

Closing the achievement gap in Madison schools takes commitment, courage, collaboration and unity, according to community members present at Wednesday night’s Madison Metropolitan School District input session at CUNA Mutual Group.

Madison Metropolitan School District Hosts First Public Meeting On Achievement Gaps

Madison Metropolitan School District Hosts First Public Meeting On Achievement Gaps

Community members and concerned parents gathered at West High School to discuss district plans to close the racial gap in student learning

Madison residents gathered Tuesday night at West High School for the first in a series of public meetings to discuss Madison Metropolitan School District’s (MMSD) plan to address the district’s achievement gap in student learning.

In the school’s library, community members, concerned parents and MMSD employees formed small groups to share feedback and ideas regarding key programs and initiatives proposed in the plan.