volunteer reading to four park brook studentsForty volunteers from the Brooklyn Park Rotary, KPMG and other local organizations flooded the media center at Park Brook Elementary on May 16 for the opportunity to read to students. It was all part of Brooklyn Park Rotary/KPMG Reading in Schools Day, highlighting the strong school-community partnerships between the three entities.

For more than 10 years, the Brooklyn Park Rotary and KPMG have partnered to provide Park Brook students with books multiple times per year. These books are used in guided reading exercises in classrooms and available for students to check out from the school’s media center.

In addition to reading to students at this month's event, volunteers also talked about their educational and career journeys—providing inspiration to help students find their paths and achieve their dreams.

“Students at Park Brook greatly benefit from the partnership with the Brooklyn Park Rotary and KPMG,” Principal Scott Taylor said. “Not only do the students receive a book and are read to, they also hear a first-hand experience of other opportunities in the future.”

In addition to representatives from the Rotary and KPMG, volunteers from other local organizations such as CEAP, Brooklyn Park Police Department, and Brooklyn Park Fire Department also spent the morning reading to and connecting with Park Brook students. View more photos.

This year, 123 Osseo Area Schools students received state bilingual and multilingual seals or achievement awards. All three comprehensive high schools offered the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages assessment to test students' proficiency in other languages. Depending on how the students scored on the assessment, students earned two, three or four semester credits at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which helps them save on tuition costs. Students had the opportunity to take the assessment to measure their proficiency in Hmong, French, Spanish and Mandarin. 

In our increasingly connected and globalized economy, speaking more than one language is a tremendous asset. In addition to the assessment, students completed all their required English language arts courses. The state bilingual and multilingual awards were established in Minnesota in 2014 to recognize students for their language skills. This is the second year Osseo Area Schools participated in the program.

Click here for the full list of winners from all three comprehensive high schools.

Photo: Park Center Senior High multilingual seal achievement winners stand proudly with their certificate at the academic awards night this month. 

Multilingual seal awards 2018