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Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Nominations are being accepted for the top teacher or professor in Madison.

Panera Bread will accept nominations until Sunday for deserving educators ranging from preschool to graduate school.

Nominations can be sent to www.panerabread.com/topteacher.  The winner of the top teacher honor will receive breakfast for their classroom, a $200 Panera gift card and $100 in office supplies.

Panera will also donate $1 to the Kids Café Program at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin for each nomination received, said a press release.

The top teacher will be announced on Oct. 5, World Teachers' Day.  Madison bakeries and cafes will also celebrate local teachers on Oct. 5 with a free coffee for teachers from open to 11 a.m.

Salvation Army receives free meals for children


The Salvation Army of Dane County will offer children enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program free meals.

The program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, said a Salvation Army official, and receives funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The Child and Adult Care Food Program provide financial assistance to emergency shelters such as the Salvation Army of Dane County.  The program ensures that nutritious meals are integrated with residential day care services for enrolled children, said a press release.

The Salvation Army of Dane County is located at 630 E. Washington Ave.

Madison child featured in National Down Syndrome Society video

Madison child featured in National Down Syndrome Society video

A Madison child will be featured in the National Down Syndrome Society annual Times Square video presentation this weekend.

A photo of Abigail Marie Kaiser singing at the Madison Blues Fest in June will appear in the video Saturday.  In the photo, she is joined on stage by Oscar Wilson of the Cash Box Kings. Her picture was chosen from over 1,000 entries worldwide.  Two hundred pictures will appear in the video.

"We are so proud to represent our community at this exciting event," said Abigail’s mother Danielle. "The selected photo represents diversity and inclusion in many ways. We are truly more alike than different."

Doo-wop hits bring the '50s and '60s to Monona Terrace


The 1950s and 1960s are returning Wednesday at the Monona Terrace rooftop.

The Doo-Wop Daddies will kick off Tunes at Monona Terrace Sept. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee quintet performs harmonic vocals of classic doo-wop hits with some of the 21st century blended in, said a press release.

Parking is available for $5 in the Monona Terrace parking ramp at 1 John Nolen Dr.

For more information about the Doo-Wop Daddies, visit their website here.  For more information about Monona Terrace events, visit their website at http://communityevents.mononaterrace.com.

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.