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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

School board considers options for possible $500K

Superintendent Don Johnson gave a brief update on facility options at both middle schools due to additional contingency funds being available at the Board of Education's regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 12.

He said as much as $500,000 might be available although Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Tom Wohlleber noted because they are referendum funds they must be used at Glacier Creek or Kromrey.

Johnson said administration is recommending that $30,000 be used to sod rather than seed the field at Kromrey. It is also recommending that $73,000 be used to grade the field and expand the retaining wall and fencing should the Board decide in the future to install turf.

Should the Board decide to install turf at Kromrey now, the cost would be up to $600,000. He noted turf might allow a field to be used from March through November depending on the snow level. He also is worried that with limited field space at Kromrey a grass field could be problematic.

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.

MCPASD board considers open enrollment

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services George Mavroulis led a brief discussion about potential open enrollment numbers for the 2015-16 school year at the Board of Education regular meeting on Dec. 15.

The board must approve a plan in January for open enrollment for the upcoming year. Mavroulis presented a chart of open enrollment spaces according to the Department of Public Instruction formula along with a copy of the rollover enrollment chart.

He noted there would be room for up to 46 open enrollment students in the first grade, although he thought 30 was the number the elementary schools could handle.