Lincoln Trail's Special Persons Day a 'feel-good' event

With the sweet, gentle question, "Grandma, would you come to my Special Persons Luncheon?" from her grandson, Tristen Adams, 8, Tarrie Adams knew she had to make the two-hour drive from the south suburbs of Chicago to attend the Lincoln Trail Elementary School event.

Mahomet-Seymour's Delaney Smith is wild about chickens

Delaney Smith isn't a typical teenager. She rises early and spends most of her time thinking about chickens.

"Every morning she gets up and gets ready for school and then comes and turns her birds out," said Jennifer Smith, the 15-year-old's mother.

Dawgapalooza puts Bulldog pride on display

A sea of orange and blue flooded the entrance to Frank Dutton Field for the 16th annual Dawgapalooza last Friday. The yearly tailgate before the first home football game raises funds for both the Mahomet-Seymour High School athletic and music boosters.

'It's a second family': Color guard remains a Mahomet-Seymour tradition

All eyes were on the 32 color guard members as they launched their flags into the air and carefully maneuvered around the 214-member band during last Friday night's first performance in front of hundreds at the home-opener football game.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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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