2019 5k logoThe starting line awaits at the ninth annual Reading is Fun 5K Run/Walk, held this year on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Elm Creek Park Reserve (12400 James Deane Pkwy., Maple Grove).

Sign up with your family and friends to participate in this summer tradition that supports media centers in Osseo Area Schools. Individuals and families may register online through Aug. 4, or in person on the morning of the race.  

Important times on race day include:

  • 8 a.m. – Check in and registration
  • 9 a.m. – 1K family fun run/walk; mascot race
  • 9:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk start
  • 10:15 a.m. – Awards ceremony

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the following age groups: 5 to 12; 13 to 18; 19 to 35; 36 to 49; and 50-plus. More information.

Prefer to cheer the racers on from the sidelines? Volunteers are needed in several areas before, during and after the event, including prepping swag bags, setting up the course, distributing awards, and more. Learn more and sign up online.

Megan Thompson professional photo

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, of Alexandria, Virgina, named Megan Thompson one of its 53 James Madison fellows for 2019 in its 28th annual fellowship competition. A social studies teacher at Osseo Senior High, Megan Thompson is the only teacher in Minnesota to achieve this fellowship this year.

James Madison Fellowships support the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, government and civics. Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree.

The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.