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STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

New early childhood center hopes to take on education disparities

New early childhood center hopes to take on education disparities

The Playing Field, a unique childcare center seeking to bring kids ages 0-3 from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds together in one classroom, will open next fall in the lower level of Bethany United Methodist Church.

The program's founder, Abbi Kruse, said she wants to know the effects of placing dissimilar children together at an early age, and hopes it will help close education disparities between white and minority students that have become a focus in Madison.

“It's my hope that at least if our children are playing together, that that's a start,” Kruse said. “And from there who knows what can happen?” Monica Host, the city of Madison's Child Care Program Coordinator, said she applauds Kruse's initiative to purposefully combine children from different backgrounds. “It's better for everyone. It's better for families, it's better for children,” she said.

Memorial girls, La Follette boys win city track championships

Memorial girls, La Follette boys win city track championships

The Memorial girls and La Follette boys win the Madison City track and field championships Tuesday evening at Mansfield Stadium.

Madison Edgewood's Amy Davis won the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:41.27, breaking Memorial's Katie Ishmael's city record set in 1981. Her teammate Ave Grosenheider won the 800 and 1600 meter runs.

La Follette's Oren Henerson-Zintz won the 100 meter dash and long jump.

West senior Jack Wellenstein broke his own meet record in the boys 400 meters, with a time of 4:09.38.


1. Memorial 115.25

2. Edgewood 74.50

3. West 74

4. La Follette 71.50

5. East 40.75


1. La Follette 109

2. Memorial 89

3. West 69

4. Edgewood 59

5. East 46

Performance highlights older adults, youth connecting through creativity

Think loneliness is only a private sorrow? Think again.

Study after study has found that social isolation is linked to multiple health problems, particularly among older adults. For this population, loneliness is just as significant a health risk as smoking or obesity.

St. Mary’s Care Center, working in collaboration with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, has developed an innovative response to isolation: fostering social connection through theater. Audiences can experience "The Creative Link," the production resulting from this process, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Rotunda Studio of Madison’s Overture Center at 201 State St.

That’s when residents from St. Mary’s Care Center, an independent volunteer and five young adults from the Verona Area High School’s Functional Vocational Program for 18- to 21-year-olds will offer a free public performance of "The Creative Link."

WATCH: Madison Memorial advances in hockey tournament

Madison Memorial beat Edgewood Tuesday night to advance in the WIAA state hockey tournament.

WATCH highlights from the game Tuesday.

Memorial will play Middleton next.

WATCH: Memorial wins 15th state swim & dive championship

Saturday at the UW Natatorium, Madison Memorial put on a show at the Division One State Swim and Dive Championship. 

WATCH highlights from the competition. The Spartans put up a staggering 350.5 points, which was the second highest total in division one state history.