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An opportunity to talk, with an emphasis on second chances

An opportunity to talk, with an emphasis on second chances

For many people, a room filled with retired senior citizens and teenagers from all walks of life is an unfamiliar sight. The two generations rarely interact outside of family gatherings, but when they do, something special can happen.

"Dialogue Across the Ages," a program run through the Work and Learn Center on the east side of Madison, brings high school students and older adults together for four sessions in the fall semester.

The Work and Learn Center is an alternative program in the Madison Metropolitan School District for students at risk of not graduating that combines academics and vocational placement and allows the students to attain their high school diploma. Dialogue Across the Ages provides a forum at Madison’s Senior Center for these students, who have often faced many struggles early in life, and senior volunteers to simply … talk.

Lockdown lifted at Madison College

Lockdown lifted at Madison College

Students at the Madison College Truax campus were asked to stay inside the building because of an emergency in the area Thursday morning.

The lockdown was lifted at 8:38 a.m.

Madison police said they took precautions because they received information that there was a suicidal person heading for the Truax area, but the threat never materialized.

The incident was also a test of the campus alert system.

Madison College administrators immediately put the school into lockdown after Madison police informed them of the threat.

A Wolfpack Alert, the school's emergency information system, went out to students and staff telling them to stay inside, draw blinds and shelter in place.

The school's communications manager said he's proud of how everyone cooperated.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

An official announced Friday afternoon that Madison Metropolitan School District Schools would be closed Monday. 

MMSD spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said just before 5 p.m. that all school buildings would be closed Monday due extreme weather conditions.

The Madison School and Community Recreation department activities, athletics and other extra-curriculars scheduled Monday were also canceled.

The district said said a decision about school Tuesday had not yet been made, and families with children attending MMSD schools should monitor local media and email for Tuesday's status. 

For additional area announcements, visit the cold weather announcements page on Channel3000.com.

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Dozens watch anti-bullying film at library

More than 40 people showed up to watch the documentary "Bully" downtown at the Madison Central Library on West Mifflin Street Wednesday.

"Bully" is a powerful and provocative film that follows the lives of five kids who are bullied every day. Its message is that the culture of our schools is broken and needs to change.

The film resonated with many viewers, bringing some close to tears, who discussed the film after the 6:30 p.m. showing. The dialogue was moderated by News 3 Anchor Susan Siman as part of WISC-TV's year-long "Time for Kids Buddy Project" to fight bullying.

Eleven-year-old Terriana Brown said the movie hit close to home for her.  

""I might cry right now," Brown said. "It feels like it's me that is on the screen."

DPI announces school-funding numbers

DPI announces school-funding numbers

The Department of Public Instruction released school-funding numbers Tuesday, and 183 districts will see an increase in state aid. Another 239 districts, including the Madison Metropolitan School District, will see a decrease in state aid.

Total aid given to districts has increased by a total of $47.9 million from the last school year bringing the total school funding budget to $4.342 billion, according to a release.

Funding for Madison will drop 14.5 percent compared to last year. The district will get $49.9 million from the state, which is about $9 million less than last year.

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

As part of an effort to encourage healthy habits for kids, the city's "Water Wagon" will make stops at five Madison elementary schools in the next two weeks.

Madison Water Utility is taking its water unit to Chavez Elementary, Huegel Elementary, Van Hise Elementary and Marquette Elementary. The tour kicked off last week with a stop at Muir Elementary, the city said.

The Water Wagon tour is meant to promote healthy choices, like staying hydrated, as part of a challenge to students over two weeks to walk or bike to school, also called the Walk or Wheel Challenge.