HELP WANTED: FOSTER GRANDPARENTS

Guests: Laura Mikkelson, Intergenerational Volunteer Coordinator, RSVP of Dane County; Larry Orr, Foster Grandparent

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Dane County is looking for more seniors who wish to become Foster Grandparents. Foster Grandparents work with children in Dane County schools, Head Start programs and community centers, mentoring and helping them to be successful learners. They provide the unconditional love that sets children with special and exceptional needs, or who are in circumstances that limit their academic, social or emotional development on a path to a secure future.

On this program, Laura Mikkelson and Foster Grandparent, Larry Orr, better known as “Mr. Larry” in the classroom, describe how the program works in real life.

As part of LBJ’s Great Society initiative, this Foster Grandparent program is specifically for low-income seniors, those 55 or older, who commit to at least 5 hours a week, are able to travel to nearby schools, and have a willing heart and the desire to work with children. In exchange, they receive a tax-free stipend, reimbursement of transportation costs and meals.

To find out more about becoming a Foster Grandparent, contact Laura Mikkelson at 608-441-7894 or email [email protected] For other ways to volunteer, go to their website, www.rsvpdane.org.

HELPING TEENS SUCCEED IN SOBRIETY AND IN LIFE

Guests:  Traci Goll, Horizon High School; students Julius and Jess

Horizon High School in Madison is a one-of-a-kind school in Wisconsin. It is a recovery high school meaning its environment, curriculum and staff are structured to provide a safe and sober learning atmosphere for students in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. And it is working!

The idea for the school was born in 2004 when addiction expert Shelly Dutch met with several educators and parents of addicted teens. These teens had been in and out of school and treatment centers with little success in breaking their addiction cycle.

Following Wisconsin’s academic standards, Horizon High School opened in January 2005 with a handful of students who went on to graduate five months later. Today, sixteen students are enrolled, 15 from MMSD and one from an outlying school district. They currently have a waiting list.

On this program, Traci Goll, Horizon’s Director, is joined by students Julius and Jess who share their history and struggles with drug addiction and how they are on the path of succeeding in sobriety and in life at Horizon High School.

Horizon High School must raise $100,000 each year to continue as a recovery school. Their annual fundraiser will be Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Rocky Rococo Pizzeria West, Tree Lane and Mineral Point Rd. The Pizza Buffet is $12 with an additional $20 suggested donation to Horizon High School. The program begins at 6:15. An anonymous donor will match up to $10,000 raised at the fundraiser.

ADVENTURES BENEATH THE SURFACE OF WISCONSIN

Guest:  Doris Green, author and caver

If you’re looking for a new adventure, try going underground in Wisconsin. Caves, mines and tunnels are plentiful underneath the surface and have stories to tell – particularly in the unglaciated or “Driftless Area” of Southwestern Wisconsin. But there is more to the story of Wisconsin’s underground history, and it’s been uncovered in a myriad of other subterranean features from man-made mines to tunnels, museum cave displays and other points of interest waiting to be explored.

Doris Green has meticulously covered all of Wisconsin and nearby sites in Iowa and Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has documented them in her recently-released second edition of Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State. She notes that recognition of the growing aging population is acknowledged with the increase in handicapped accessible sites.

On this program, Doris Green describes some of the hidden spaces underneath our feet which our highlighted in her book. She also shares how her interest in caving led her to write a memoir about the mysterious death of her Aunt Elsie.

Doris Green will be speaking at the Sun Prairie Public Library on Monday, May 6, and at the De Forest Public Library on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 pm. Those interested in learning more about Wisconsin caves, can go to the Wisconsin Speleological Society’s website: www.wisconsincaves.org.

MADISON’S HISTORY OF PROTESTS

Guest:  Stuart Levitan, author, Madison in the Sixties

It’s widely known that Madison was one of America’s centers of student protest during the 1960s. But the protests of the 1960s weren’t only about the Vietnam War.

On this intriguing program which takes us back to a remarkable period in Madison’s history, Stu Levitan joins “All About Living” producer, Jim Bartlett, to talk about the history of protest at the University of Wisconsin and in Madison – from the struggle over mandatory ROTC in the early 60’s to Dow Day in 1967 and the Battle of Mifflin 50 years ago this spring.

GUN SAFETY = GUN SENSE (Part Two)

Guests:  Jennifer Heinz Rosen, leader/trainer, MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA; Bob Mokos, Survivor Fellow, EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY

Every day 96 Americans are killed with guns. Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. The U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times that of other high-income countries. The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times that of other high-income countries.

Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens. Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries. Access to a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. And the statistics continue…

On this program, the second in a two-part series, Jennifer Heinz Rosen and Bob Mokos talk about the impact of guns on every day life.

They encourage everyone to BE SMART: SECURE all guns in your home and vehicles; MODEL responsible behavior around guns; ASK about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes; RECOGNIZE the risks of teen suicide; TELL your peers to BE SMART.

To learn more, visit BeSMARTforkids.org.