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Walking Tour of Madison Smart Phone App unveiled to Madison fourth graders Friday

By John Peck
Madison City Schools

MADISON – A Madison student has developed an app that guides users on a historic walk through downtown Madison. Finley Koswoski (pictured above), a sophomore at James Clemens High School, joined Madison historic leaders and the 4th grade classes of Madison Elementary to formally announce the Walking Tour of Madison Smart Phone App.

The app is available through this link https://www.facebook.com/WalkingTourofHistoricMadison.

Finley said the app creation was for credit in a Girl Scouts project and she learned a lot from it about her hometown.

James Clemens Principal Dr. Brian Clayton accompanied Finley to the app kickoff today on the steps of Madison Elementary – one of 40 stops on the app in the downtown Madison area.

The app enables users to take a self-guided tour while reading or listening to interesting tales about Madison’s past. Some of the narratives came from interviews Finley conducted, including one from a 97 year old resident.

The historic association worked with Madison City School leaders to align content of the app tour with curriculum. Dr. Clayton noted the Finley has attended MCS schools since her beginning at Heritage Elementary, then Liberty Middle, and now JCHS.

Assisting Finley in the app development include the Rotary Club of Madison, (Sunset), Madison Visionary Partners, Madison Station Historical Preservation Society, Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the Girl Scouts of America.
Here are photos from a brief walking tour today with Madison Elementary students.

A special event is planned for the public on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. to unveil the app.  Click here for related story.

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