For Immediate Release: August 3, 2015

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903


Special events planned leading into the school year


The Madison School District, the Madison Mallards, Dane Dances! and the 100 Black Men of Madison invite families, students, teachers and community members to celebrate Madison’s public schools as the start of the school year nears. Three events are planned in August to celebrate Madison’s excellent students, educators and those who support them.


“We have outstanding students, excellent staff and an engaged and supportive community,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “As we prepare for the next school year, we’re excited to come together as a community to celebrate our students and all those who support them in being successful. We hope you’ll join us for these special events in the community.”


Three events are planned leading into the school year.


Wednesday August 5: Madison Mallards celebrate Madison’s public schools

7pm, Madison Mallards Baseball Club, 2920 Sherman Ave.


Join the Madison Mallards in celebrating Madison’s public schools with special announcements throughout the game, a salute to teachers, special activities for students and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to the Lions’ Club “Stuff the Bus” campaign.


Friday August 14: Dane Dances! celebrates Madison’s public schools

Monona Terrace rooftop, free admission.  DJ Ace at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Charanga Agoza from 6 to 7:30pm and Eddie Butts from 8 to 9:30 pm


Dane Dances! is dedicating its entire season to Madison’s youth, and on August 14, attendees can join superintendent and emcee for the evening, Jennifer Cheatham for dancing on the rooftop of the Monona Terrace. Students and teachers are encouraged to wear school colors.


Saturday August 22: 100 Black Men of Madison Backpack Picnic

8am-12pm, Demetral Park


Join the 100 Black Men of Madison to celebrate Madison’s students and provide much needed school supplies. Madison school district staff members will be on hand to help out serving lunch, meeting with families and providing information