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A 'labor of love': Middletown Prairie Elementary School dedicated to educating, serving community

Delaney Briggs peered into the window of her soon-to-be first-grade classroom with excitement on Sunday. The afternoon marked the grand opening and dedication ceremony for Middletown Prairie Elementary School.


A 'worthwhile' experience: M-S football's Preseason Tailgate Bash brings community together

For the last several years, Mahomet-Seymour High School's head football coach Keith Pogue has held a lift-a-thon to stir excitement in his football program, but this year he wanted to try something new.

"We wanted to jazz that up to get them excited," Pogue said.


Cherished school bell gets new base, home

Designing a base for a school bell display may not seem like a difficult task, but when Mahomet-Seymour High School industrial arts teacher Eric Andracke was faced with the undertaking, he understood the weight and communal significance of such a responsibility.


Leading the way: M-S upperclassmen help freshman overcome first-day jitters

Savannah Smith had mixed emotions about high school a week before starting her freshman year.

"I guess I'm excited but yet also concerned because I've heard mixed reviews of high school," Smith said. "I've heard people say it's the best ever, but I've also heard people say that it will break you."


Beyond the numbers: Retired M-S math teacher Angie Gruner provided caring approach

Angie Gruner always knew she wanted to be a teacher. The now retired Mahomet-Seymour High School math teacher said it all started when she was a student herself.


Two local churches share faith, make summer fun in Backyard Bible Club

With guitar in hand, Randy Lipking captured the attention of approximately 40 youths as he sang "I Want to Be a Sheep" at last week's Backyard Bible Club.

"I try to keep them simple," Lipking said of the song set list.


An infectious sound: M-S marching band goes all in with experimental theme

Expect the unexpected in this year's marching band performances. The theme is "outbreak," and the epidemic is sure to plague all of Bulldog nation with its first performances set for Aug. 21 at Frank Dutton Field as Mahomet-Seymour High School faces Charleston.


Runners lace up for 23rd annual Run Mahomet to impact local youth

For Angie Corray and 13-year-old daughter Marissa Corray, Saturday was more than just another race day.

"Preparing for the race gave us a chance to talk and work on training and just talk about school," Angie Corray said. "She's in cross-country, and this teaches how to get through the hard parts and run a little stress out."


Reeling them in: Take Me Fishing event gets families outdoors, forming bonds

MAHOMET — Ten years ago, Chris Clementz agreed to volunteer at the Champaign County Forest Preserve's Take Me Fishing event. Standing along the shoreline of Lake of the Woods' main lake teaching kids to fish on Saturday, it never meant so much.


'A solid base': M-S retired kindergarten teacher Laurie Padjen built a legacy of kindness

MAHOMET — Laurie Padjen had one rule in her classroom above all else: be kind. The now-retired Middletown Prairie Elementary kindergarten teacher made her life's work planting kindness seeds in the hearts of 5-year-old students.

"I lived by that motto," Padjen said. "If you can be kind, then you've got the world."


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