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Foundation for Madison's public schools awards nearly $50,000 in grants

Foundation for Madison's public schools awards nearly $50,000 in grants

The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools has awarded grants totaling $49,208 to schools and educators for the 2012-13 school year.

These funds will support eight unique, staff initiated projects that aim to diversify and improve students' experiences, officials said.

FMPS is proud to announce the following 2012-13 grant recipients:

Pets, People To Raise Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention

Pets, People To Raise Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention

Pets and people will be raising awareness for the prevention of child abuse through a "Walk For Change" event on April 28 at the VFW post at 5737 County Road CV in Madison.

Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. with the 2 mile walk starting at 11 a.m.

A $20 donation is asked from adults, but children can participate for free. 

The money raised will benefit PAWWS to Heal.

The walk will be followed by demonstrations from the Madison Police Department's K-9 Unit and Dog's Best Friend.

There will also be information booths and food. Pets are invited, but must be on a 6 foot leash and have proof of rabies shots.

Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Donate a little time Madison Parks for some spring cleaning.  Sign up below and join us for two upcoming volunteer work days.

Earth Day Challenge, April 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteers may assist with cleaning up various parks, clearing brush, planting shrubs, or other beautification projects.

Sign to volunteer or host a project here.

Four Lakes Wildlife Center Releases Snowy Owl

Four Lakes Wildlife Center Releases Snowy Owl

Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center recently released a snowy owl that had been receiving treatment since last December. 

After a short time in an indoor cage to allow stabilization of his condition, the owl was moved to an outdoor pen where he was much more comfortable in the colder temperatures.  

The wildlife program staff and lead rehabilitators continued to monitor his recovery and steady weight gain.  

Once the owl's weight had stabilized, he was transferred into a large flight cage where he was able to have space to allow for flight conditioning.  As spring neared and the temperature started climbing, shelter staff knew it was time for him to begin his journey north to his natural home in the tundra. 

Injured Turtle Receives Care At DCHS's Four Lakes Wildlife Center

Injured Turtle Receives Care At  DCHS's Four Lakes Wildlife Center

Dane County Humane Society's Four Lakes Wildlife Center recently received an adult male Blanding's turtle with a cracked under shell needing immediate care. 

The turtle is currently listed as a threatened species in Wisconsin. The turtle was found in the road on Highway N outside of Stoughton and appeared to have been hit by a car, officials said.

Upon initial exam at DCHS, it was determined that the turtle's under shell would need to be surgically repaired.

With the help of Dr. Michael Wenninger, of Spartan Animal Hospital in McFarland, the turtle received the treatment it needed and is now recovering at DCHS's wildlife center.  

"Since the Blanding's turtle is a mature adult and a threatened species, it is extremely important that he recover and be released back into the wild so he can reproduce," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Public Relations Coordinator.

Habitat ReStore To Open Second Store

Habitat ReStore To Open Second Store

The Habitat ReStore will open a second store on Madison’s far west side.

Habitat ReStore Director Jen Voichick said the decision to expand was made in hopes of reaching an untapped market for donations from communities such as Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg.

"As well as bringing in more donations from the west side, this new location will help our deconstruction crew expand its kitchen tear out business on that side of the county," said Voichick. "In addition, now even more people will experience the benefits of shopping at the Habitat ReStore."

The Habitat ReStore sells new and used building materials to the public at discount prices. Inventory includes: appliances, cabinets, flooring, hardware, windows, wood furniture and more.

The Habitat ReStore accepts donations of tile and wood flooring, cabinets, wood furniture and more. For your donation, people receive a tax deductible receipt and a good feeling for supporting a great cause.

Dog Park Clean Up Day, Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Dog Park Clean Up Day, Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Donate a little time Madison Parks for some spring cleaning.  Sign up below and join us for two upcoming volunteer work days.

Dog Park Clean Up Day, March 31, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteer to help out at one of our six dog parks.  Volunteers will help spreading mulch, weeding, and cleaning up the parks.

Sign up today to help out.

Earth Day Challenge, April 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteers may assist with cleaning up various parks, clearing brush, planting shrubs, or other beautification projects.

Sign to volunteer or host a project here.