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Bowling for homeless students in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Teachers bowled for a good cause Sunday afternoon.

The Madison Teachers, Inc. union held its second annual Family Bowl-a-Thon to raise money for Briarpatch, an organization that helps homeless kids in our area.

Money raised through bowling and a silent auction at the event will help Briarpatch move forward with plans to put the finishing touches on a youth homeless shelter in Madison, which could house up to eight kids or teenagers.

"It was overwhelming to see how many people came," says Jan Koester, with MTI. "There were a lot of school folks, they brought friends, relatives, they brought everybody whose heart is in the right place for this cause. It was fantastic."

Koester says Madison Metropolitan School District has identified roughly 1,200 students as homeless this year. She says Briarpatch is hopeful the shelter would be ready to open by October.

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