KateMaguireThe Maple Grove Rotary Club honored Dr. Kate Maguire, superintendent of Osseo Area Schools, with the 2017 Business Ethics and Leadership Award at its annual gala on Nov. 18. The award recognizes Superintendent Maguire’s commitment to ethical business practices and her strong leadership skills.

Since becoming superintendent in 2010, Dr. Maguire has led Osseo Area Schools in its work to ensure equitable student achievement for every student, with a particular focus on eliminating disparities that are predictable by race. Her commitment to ethical business practices and responsible stewardship of public dollars has contributed to the district’s award-winning budgeting and financial planning practices. Knowing that trusting relationships are a critical contributing factor to effective schools, Superintendent Maguire encourages her staff to build positive relationships with students, staff, families and community members.

Additionally, Superintendent Maguire received a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, which recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to humanitarianism and educational service and demonstrates the Rotary International Foundation objectives. With this award, $1,000 was donated in her name to the Rotary International Foundation to benefit people around the world.

About the Rotary Club of Maple Grove

The Rotary Club of Maple Grove commitment to strong ethical practices is exemplified by the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” and the renowned Four Way Test of the things Rotarians think, say and do: is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and is it beneficial to all concerned?


fair oaks student with bicycleThe season of giving got off to a ‘wheel’ fast start at Fair Oaks Elementary on Nov. 16 as 250 students and their siblings received bicycles from a national organization.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) is a nonprofit that collects gently used bikes, cleans and fixes them, and then donates them to children in several states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 2008, the organization has lived its mission—to help all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood—by giving away 32,000 refurbished bikes.

Anne Strootman, resource manager at Fair Oaks Elementary, said her school’s partnership with FB4K began last month.

“[FB4K] did a similar giveaway at a school in Fridley last spring,” she added. “Lucky for us, we have a connection to that school via a staff member’s spouse. When FB4K was looking for another school to work with, our name was submitted.”

The event at Fair Oaks marked FB4K’s first donation event of 2017—and also happened to coincide with Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s statewide day of giving. To help ensure students ride safely, the organization also provided free helmets with each bicycle donation.

“Having these bikes will not only promote physical activity for our students,” Strootman said, “but also give them a pride of ownership and independence.”

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WATCH: Coverage of the Free Bikes 4 Kidz donation event at Fair Oaks Elementary (CCX News)