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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.

Edgewood takes first day lead at Shootout

Edgewood takes first day lead at Shootout

Edgewood had all five of its players break 80 to take the lead after the first round of the Morgan Stanley Shootout boys golf tournament at University Ridge.

Andrew Yontz and Rory Gierhart paced the Crusaders with rounds of 74, while Tommy Mohs and Ben Gilles shot 75 and Clayton Tribus, 79.

Edgewood's team total of 298 leads second place Middleton by 12 shots with the final 18 holes Thursday at University Ridge.

Waunakee's Max Murphy had the low score of the day with 72.

MORGAN STANLEY SHOOTOUT - ROUND 1

Team Results:

Edgewood's Davis will fit right in at UW

Edgewood's Davis will fit right in at UW

Edgewood High School senior Amy Davis has quite a running resume.

She won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet last June.

In November, she won the State Division Two Individual Cross Country Championship.

This week, she broke a 34-year old record in the 3200 at the Madison City Championships - and next year she'll run at the University of Wisconsin.

Davis' mom, Nan Doak-Davis was an NCAA Champion and nine-time All-American runner at the University of Iowa.

Her dad, Barry is the head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin.

"I'm super excited!", Amy says. "Having Dad at the office is super nice because I'll go down there and be like 'I'm gonna be here soon."

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

WATCH: Madison West tops Middleton 2-1

Madison West faced off against Middleton at Mansfield Stadium.