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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.

GIRLS TEAM RESULTS:

1. Memorial 115.25

2. Edgewood 74.50

3. West 74

4. La Follette 71.50

5. East 40.75

BOYS TEAMS RESULTS:

1. La Follette 109

2. Memorial 89

3. West 69

4. Edgewood 59

5. East 46

East beats Middleton in WIAA boys basketball

East beats Middleton in WIAA boys basketball

The Madison East Purgolders won a regional championship in a 56-53 win over the Middleton Cardinals at the East gym Tuesday night.

The game was postponed Saturday and played Tuesday.

East built a 14-point lead in the second half before Middleton rallied.

The Cardinals outscored East 26-17 in the fourth quarter and pulled to within a point but the Purgolders hit a number of key free throws to secure the win.

Middleton ends its season with a 17-6 overall record.

East moves to 17-6 and will play Verona at Sun Prairie Thursday night at 7 in the sectional semifinals.

Local 14-year-old actors to play Romeo and Juliet in shows this weekend and next

Madison College Performing Arts is presenting William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" the next two weekends, with two 14-year-old actors playing the leads, according to a release.

Director Miranda Hawk cast the young actors in hopes of giving a fresh take on the classic play. Romeo and Juliet are often played by adult actors, while Shakespeare wrote Juliet as a 13-year-old.

The majority of other roles will be played by Madison College students and a few community members for older roles.

WATCH: Verona takes first place in Big 8

The Verona boys basketball team defeated Madison East Thursday night to take first place in the Big 8 conference.

WATCH highlights from the game.