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First-graders help comfort friend, fellow classmate Liam

A group of first graders are learning the lifelong lessons of friendship, support and acceptance.

The students of Lynn Brosious' class at Sunset Ridge Elementary School make blankets for local hospitals.

One of their classmates, Liam, just happened to get one of those special blankets last weekend when he was at American Family Children's Hospital.

I've never seen a class that is so welcoming to children that have differences," Brosious said.

WATCH the report above or click: Middleton students help comfort friend, fellow classmate Liam

Elm Lawn Elementary class wins national writing contest

 Elm Lawn Elementary class wins national writing contest

Karen Close's fourth-grade class at Elm Lawn Elementary has been named the winner of the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer Contest.

Students found out they had won on Thursday morning. Superintendent Don Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services George Mavroulis and Elm Lawn principal Robert Schell were also in the classroom when the announcement was made.

The winning story, "The Magic Baseball Poster," was written by Daniel Kim with help from Owen Sheehan. The story was picked over four other finalists for the national award.

"I was shocked. I didn't think our story would stand up. It's a great honor,'' Kim said on Thursday.

"It's crazy to think so many stories were submitted throughout the entire United States and that we won,'' Sheehan said.

Kim said he decided on the topic after reading a book about Jackie Robinson. Sheehan said he is a big baseball fan so he was thrilled to help out.

WATCH: Janesville Craig girls basketball faces off at Middleton

See highlights from the Janesville Craig game in Middleton Saturday. Janesville Craig Cougars beat Middleton's Cardinals 65-60.

WATCH: Madison Memorial hockey beats Middleton

Highlights from the game Thursday in which Madison Memorial beat Middleton 3-2, bringing the Sparts to 11-4 this season.

Power outage hits Cross Plains middle school

Power outage hits Cross Plains middle school

Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains has been without power since 9 a.m.

Middleton-Cross Plains school district spokesman Perry Hibner said a tripped breaker in the school's generator resulted in the power outage.

Officials let parents pick up their children at school and take them home for the day. Students that remained were taken to Kromrey Middle School in Middleton.

Students who ride the bus home from Glacier Creek were taken home via bus, but they may have arrived a little later than usual. Students who normally walk home were released from Kromrey 15 minutes early and taken back to Glacier Creek.

Officials expect to have a normal day of class on Tuesday, but if not, more communications will be sent to Glacier Creek parents Monday night.

Middleton students heading to London for New Year's Day parade

Middleton students heading to London for New Year's Day parade

The Middleton High School band will be traveling to London, to perform in a New Year's Day parade.

The band was in the same parade four years ago. This year, it will be accompanied by the Middleton High School choir, orchestra and theater departments.

The band will march in the New Year's Day Parade, which is said to be a combination of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Times Square on New Year's Eve.

The choir and orchestra will be in a concert of their own, and the drama students will get to soak in the London theater experience.

Local businesses played a big role in making this dream come true for the high schoolers.

"They really stepped up and fully funded our trip grant for the kids that needed a little extra help to make this possible," said Brad Schneider, the Middleton High School band director.

It costs around $3,000 per student and around 65 chaperones are along for the ride.

MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

The Middleton High School fine arts tour group will showcase this weekend the music they will be performing in London at the end of the month.

The Open Tour Rehearsal will be held at the Middleton Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The open rehearsal provides an opportunity for parents and the Middleton community to hear the fine music that the MHS students will be bringing to London. The public is invited to attend.  

Members of the MHS band, orchestra, choir and drama departments will be traveling to London on a fine arts tour from Dec. 27 through Jan. 3. The MHS tour band will be marching in the prestigious London New Year’s Day parade.

The MHS tour band and orchestra will be performing at London’s Cadogan Hall on Monday, Dec. 29. The MHS tour orchestra and choir will perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade Festival Concert at St. John’s Smiths Square on Dec. 30.