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SnackSmart program fights hunger in Sun Prairie schools

SnackSmart program fights hunger in Sun Prairie schools

A program started by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition was able to provide snacks to all seven Sun Prairie elementary schools and Prairie Phoenix Academy to help fight hunger during summer school this year, according to a release.

The SnackSmart program was launched last spring with financial help from local residents and businesses, according to the release. The group plans to increase the amount of snacks delivered for the 2013-14 school year through a fundraising campaign.

According to district officials, the program fills a vital need in Sun Prairie schools.

Educators, principals and social workers have told program organizers that snacks are needed in even greater numbers than provided this spring at all schools, and that high school and middle schools face the same challenges in addressing student hunger, according to the release.

Sun Prairie boy grows new skin and confidence

Sun Prairie boy grows new skin and confidence

Like most kids his age, 12-year-old Eleafar Xelhua Romero can't wait to spend time outside during summer. However, unlike his peers, he's been confined in years past to his couch because the agony of moving was too great.

He suffers from epidermolysis bullosa or EB, a condition afflicting roughly 30,000 Americans. The genetic disorder led to his skin painfully cracking, blistering and shedding at even the slightest of touches.

"Most of the time, I needed to stay in," Eleafar said. "I couldn't go outside or anything."

City explores full-time fire service option

City explores full-time fire service option

The City of Sun Prairie is exploring a change in its firefighting service to move away from a volunteer crew to a full-time department.

Mayor John Murray said the city council made a decision to apply for a safer grant through FEMA that would help transition the hybrid-volunteer type of program to a city-run program.

With the model in place now, Murray said there is a significant delay in response times during non-paid hours, which can be 7-9 minutes. He said it’s not a criticism of the firefighters but a circumstance of the volunteer program.

Tory Strauss, the Sun Prairie volunteer fire chief, confirmed to News 3 that the city was no longer negotiating with the fire board. He said the volunteer firefighters are a contracted service, which is up at the end of the year. The volunteer fire board has a meeting scheduled next week to consider its options, but Strauss said the volunteers would like to continue serving the city.

Sun Prairie police to host alcohol safety program

Sun Prairie police to host alcohol safety program

The Sun Prairie Police Department is hosting an alcohol traffic safety program at the Preforming Arts Center of Sun Prairie High School.

The seminar on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will focus on the health and safety risks of teen drinking and driving.

The program will also have a guest speaker who lost her daughter to a crash involving alcohol.

Reservations are encouraged. Contact Brian Dean at 608-834-6728 to declare the number of people attending.

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Survivor: '[I was] clinically dead, and I was that way for 20 minutes'   

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 1,000 people a day in the U.S., which is roughly one person every two minutes.  Would you know what to do if you saw someone collapse in front of you?

Channel3000.com and WISC-TV are proud to partner with St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday for Hands on Hearts -- a community-wide event offering free compression-only CPR .

COCPR is a hands-only technique to help those in sudden cardiac arrest. The constant compressions are performed 100 times a minute to the center of a patient's chest. The compressions keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the heart and brain. Mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths are not needed.

When compression-only CPR is used on a victim of cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving increases greatly.

Natatorium closed during spring break

Facility to reopen April 1, director says   

The community-run Sun Prairie swimming facility will be closed during spring break, an official said.

Natatorium Director Angie Lucas said the Natatorium will close for eight days for maintenance through April 1, according to an e-mail message. The facility closed last Friday and staff are not available during the hiatus.

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.