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Madison schools seek community help in superintendent search

Madison schools seek community help in superintendent search


The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education is seeking community input in their search for a new superintendent.

Community input sessions will be held on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at East High School.  Another community input session will be held on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Memorial High School.

“Selecting a new superintendent is one of our most important tasks as a Board, and to be successful, we need to work together with our community,” School Board President James Howard said. “Input and ideas from our staff, families and community partners will be crucial. We hope the community will join us in this process.”

The School Board will use the input to develop a profile of what the community desires in the next school district leader.  The sessions will be facilitated by the Board's search consultant, Ray & Associates.

New Make-A-Wish location hopes to grant more wishes


A new regional Make-A-Wish office will open on the Capitol Square Thursday.

The Madison office will have a grand opening celebration on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.  The new location is on the ninth floor of the U.S. Bank building at 1 S. Pinckney St.

The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting, wish kids, supporters, staff and local dignitaries, said a press release.  A tour of the new offices and refreshments will follow.

The Make-A-Wish office will serve seven counties: Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Iowa, Lafayette, Green and Rock.  The new location will help grant an increasing number of wishes and raise funds, as well as support volunteers and events.

Badger Bash celebrates football opener

Badger Bash celebrates football opener


Badger Bash will kick off its 40th season Saturday before the 2:30 p.m. football game.

The public tailgating party begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 at Union South, located at the corner of Dayton Street and Randall Street.

Each Badger Bash features special events and activities, said a press release.  The first bash features Alumni Band Day and includes an Alumni Band performance, announcements about the UW Marching Band Hall of Fame, and a historical band exhibit.

Mike Leckrone and the UW Marching Band will perform.  Bucky Badger will be on-site, as well as grilled food and cold beverages.

Face and hair painting will be available at The Orchard in Union South.  In The Sett, the pre-game show will be broadcast.

After the game, the UW sixth quarter will begin back at Union South.  Food, music and movies will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Saturday, the first day of September.

As Labor Day weekend brings the end of summer, ReadyWisconsin is urging Wisconsinites to discuss emergency preparation.

“Preparing for emergency events like tornadoes, flooding and winter storms requires individuals and families to be self-reliant and ready to face days without utilities such as electricity, water and phone service, access to local businesses such as gas stations and supermarkets, and other needed services,” said a Wisconsin Emergency Management press release.

People across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies by getting an emergency supply kit, making a plan for an emergency, and being informed about what types of emergencies could happen in your community.

School reveals student-awarded solar panels


Former eighth grade students from St. James School won the Lexus Eco Challenge – and new solar panels for their alma mater.  The freshly installed panels will be revealed Sunday.

The team, dubbed the ‘Ladies of Light,’ was given the challenge during their final year at St. James.  The students had to create an ecologically friendly action plan.  They chose to focus on solar panels.

The Ladies of Light researched their topic and interviewed representatives of Madison Gas & Electric, said a press release.

Solar panels cost $7,000, and the girls decided to raise the money with a letter-writing campaign and pledge cards for St. James families.  Thousands of dollars were donated, the press release said.

After winning the first half of the Lexus Eco competition in 2011, as well as the grant money involved, the team became one of 16 teams competing for the grand prize.

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

The first day of school will be a little brighter for some Madison families.

The annual Ready, Set, Go: Back to School event will take place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District, Latino Chamber of Commerce, and the Latino Support Network.  It will take place at both Boys & Girls Club sites- Taft Street and the Allied Family Center, and Leopold Elementary School.

MMSD Superintendent Jane Belmore and Boys & Girls Club CEO, Michael Johnson will meet at the Allied Drive Boys & Girls Club to deliver backpacks to neighborhood families, said a press release.

“Thanks to Walgreens, Michaels, Shopko, Staples, the Fitchburg Police Department and many other community partners we are able to get our local kids off to school with a great start,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

Volunteers needed for American Red Cross remembrance event

Volunteers needed for American Red Cross remembrance event

The American Red Cross Western Chapter of Madison is calling for volunteers to help with its annual Day of Service Remembrance Event.

The event will take place on Sept. 9 from 12 to 4 p.m.  Volunteers should meet at the Badger Chapter headquarters at 4860 Sheboygan Ave.

Volunteers will help American Red Cross volunteers to canvass neighborhoods and inform residents about fire safety and precautions, said a press release.  A light lunch will be provided.

The American Red Cross is a charitable organization that provides support to victims of disasters, supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood, provides humanitarian aid, and more.

To volunteer for the Day of Service Remembrance Event, contact Rebekah Baum at (608) 232-5873.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org.