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)


graduation cap flat iconFor the 10th year in a row, Osseo Area Schools had a record number of students earn AP Scholar recognition from the College Board, based on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken during the 2016-17 school year.

Every year, the College Board recognizes high levels of achievement on AP exams. All three comprehensive high schools in District 279 offer AP classes; Park Center Senior High offers both AP and college-level International Baccalaureate classes.

Allan Khankari, Kevin Nguyen, Alyssa Risch and Sikai Yang from Maple Grove Senior High (class of 2017) and Jack Ewing from Osseo Senior High (class of 2017) earned the National AP Scholar designation. The National AP Scholar award is the highest AP honor and is granted only to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Our three comprehensive high schools, Maple Grove, Osseo and Park Center, had a combined total of:

  • 103 AP Scholars - must earn a score of 3 or more on three or more AP exams.
  • 38 AP Scholars with Honor - must earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams.
  • 41 AP Scholars with Distinction - must earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams.

View the list of all Osseo Area Schools AP Scholars here.

Many post-secondary schools will provide college credit for AP scores of 3 or higher, depending on the subject and institution. This can save students money in post-secondary tuition and offer more room in their schedules to explore different classes, pursue a minor or even a double major.