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In Osseo Area Schools, we're thankful for our community partners year-round—especially during the hectic holiday season which can be a difficult time for many families. Earlier this month, employees at Boston Scientific rose to the challenge and, for the 10th consecutive year, donated toys, clothing and gift cards that will support 58 families in the district who are experiencing homelessness. In the photo above on the left, Boston Scientific employees smile while holding the gifts their team purchased.

Another community partner, Luther Brookdale Honda, also made a big impact this month by donating $10,000 to Fair Oaks Elementary. Fair Oaks Principal Phil Sadler said the money will be used in a variety of ways, including funding field trips, hosting STEM nights, purchasing cold weather gear and books for students, and more. In addition to its donation to Fair Oaks Elementary, Luther Brookdale Honda also paid the outstanding lunch balances of all Birch Grove Elementary students, which was a $1,000 donation. 

In the photo above in the middle, Luther Brookdale Honda donated $10,000 to Fair Oaks Elementary on Dec. 6. Pictured left to right are Honda representatives Alexa Stanco and Adam Leaver, Fair Oaks Principal Phil Sadler, Behavior Intervention Teacher Brian Thul, Behavior Intervention ESP Sarah Pinkerton, Academic Coach Cheryl Piotraschke, and Luther Brookdale Honda General Manager Jim Haertzen.

Top right, Luther Brookdale Honda General Manager Jim Haertzen smiles proudly with Birch Grove Elementary staff to celebrate the $1,000 donation that paid off all lunch account balances at Birch Grove Elementary.


action for healthy kids logoWell-being initiatives at Crest View Elementary and Fair Oaks Elementary received a boost this school year thanks to $1,000 “Game On” grants from Action for Healthy Kids.

Made possible by funding from Cargill and Saputo, respectively, Crest View and Fair Oaks will use their Game On grants to promote nutrition, physical education and physical activity to ensure all students are healthy, active and ready to learn.

At Crest View, Physical Education Teacher Stacey Nelson said she used the $1,000 grant to purchase a set of pedometers that track students’ steps, active minutes, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each class period.

“Each day, [students in] grades 3-5 put on their pedometers during phy ed class,” Nelson added. “At the end of the class, I use a program that records how many steps they took, how active they were, and how moderate-to-vigorous active they were in that 30-minute time period. My goal is to increase their moderate-to-vigorous activity time from the beginning of the year.”

Crest View and Fair Oaks are among 43 schools statewide to receive Game On grants this year. Fair Oaks has been awarded a Game On grant each of the past three years.

Since 2009, Action for Healthy Kids has provided $7.7 million in grants to help schools accomplish their student wellness goals. Learn more