Benusa-KellyFor the third time this year, an Osseo Area Schools employee has earned the highest state-level recognition available in his/her respective profession.

The Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) has named Kelly Benusa, director of business services, the 2014 Minnesota School Business Official of the Year.

Benusa was recognized at the MASBO spring conference where she was presented with several awards, including a $2,000 scholarship for an Osseo Area Schools student and a complimentary registration to a national leadership institute for school business leaders.

The string of “best in state” honors for Osseo Area Schools began last fall when Superintendent Kate Maguire was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Ingrid Miera, an English Language Educational Support Professional at Fair Oaks Elementary, followed as Minnesota Educational Support Professional of the Year. Benusa’s recognition makes it a trifecta.

-Published May 5, 2014

AllinaHealthAllina Health’s New Shoes, Healthy Kids event recently provided 10,000 pairs of new athletic shoes and socks to students in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including students at Park Brook Elementary in Brooklyn Park.

The students were identified in advance and fitted for shoes by Allina Health volunteers. Distribution took place on April 26. According to Park Brook Principal Scott Taylor, “This program helps families with basic needs so that kids can focus and be prepared for school.”

Taylor and an Allina Health physician were featured on morning news programs to describe the school/community partnership. Allina Health has a long, close partnership with Park Brook, supporting the school’s work to increase fitness and improve student learning.

Learn more and watch a news program clip.

PHOTO CREDIT: Allina Health

-Published May 5, 2014