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Over 300 Fridley Public Schools families attended the second Free Bikes for Kids giveaway at Hayes Elementary School on April 21, 2018. Students from Hayes, Stevenson Elementary and Fridley Middle School had the opportunity to receive a free bike.
This was the 7th annual bike giveaway event organized by Allina Health, in partnership with two nonprofits Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) and Bikes 4 Kids. This year, the organizations held 11 total bike giveaway events throughout the metro area. The event serving Fridley Public Schools families was the largest, with over 350 bikes given away at the Hayes location.
Every fall, Allina holds a community bike collection to gather gently used bikes. With over 5,000 bikes donated, volunteers from FB4K and Bikes 4 Kids clean and repair the collected bikes to ensure that all bikes are in top riding condition. All bikes distributed through the program are tuned up and quality-assured by volunteer mechanics.
“Health is so much more than just treating illness and injury,” said Craig Malm, Allina Director of Community Engagement. “We are all about promoting healthy habits and holistic health, so we are very happy with our partnership with Fridley Public Schools. It’s a great way to engage our community and our employees, while providing these benefits to local kids.”
Allina Community Benefit and Engagement manager Aimee Pappenfus said the partnership is a fun and different way for Allina to support active communities.
“We want to make sure that kids have the tools that they need to be healthy, so they can begin to develop an active lifestyle when they are young,” Pappenfus said. “It’s important to develop those lifelong habits to be happy and healthy.”
Bikes 4 Kids began in 2011 and has been steadily increasing volume, gathering and repairing more bicycles each year to be donated at bike giveaway events. At the Hayes event, Bikes 4 Kids volunteer mechanics helped to make last minute bikes adjustments tailored to the needs of their new owners. Many of these volunteers are former and current bike shop specialists who have all kinds of bike service and repair experience.
“We’re a 12 month a year operation, and we make sure all the bikes we give out are mechanically sound and good quality. It would be the worst thing to get a bike and have it break right away,” Bikes 4 Kids Executive Director Al Sannerud said.
After students were matched with a bike and fitted with helmets, they were able to enjoy the warm weather by riding around the Hayes front parking lot. Sannerud said the reward of seeing the excitement on students’ faces is well worth the time and effort.
“When you read some of these ‘thank you’ notes from students, you literally cry because it’s incredible what a difference these bikes can make,” said Sannerud .
Both Hayes and Stevenson elementary schools principals are grateful for the partnership that has benefited many of their students over the past two years.
“It’s great to see all these smiles on our students’ faces. You know how much these new bikes mean to them,” Stevenson Principal Daryl Vossler said. “Everyone is so excited to get out and ride.”
Hayes Principal John Piotraschke shared the same sentiment. “It’s pretty hard to not keep a smile on your face the entire time you are here,” he said. “This event has been absolutely fantastic and we are very thankful to provide this opportunity to our students.”
Fridley High School students were able to explore over 50 colleges during the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color (MnACC) College Fair at Fridley High School on April 20, 2018. College admissions representatives met with Fridley High School students to answer questions and discuss opportunities at their respective institutions, including programs of study and the admission process.
The MnACC college fair tours the state twice a year to provide students the opportunity to learn about many colleges at once. This is the second time the fair has come to Fridley High School; the first took place in fall 2016.
“Normally, it would be very hard for any student to visit 50 colleges,” said Fridley High School Dean Nicole Kaiser. “So it’s valuable for our students to explore all these colleges in one place, narrow their choices, and once they get to a point of touring schools, they know exactly where they want to go.”
MnACC is a post-secondary collaborative dedicated to improving access to higher education for Minnesota’s students of color. Member institutions are diverse, which include two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities from Minnesota and its neighboring states.
“Our students really enjoyed this fair today,” Kaiser said. “They were asking good questions, finding out more about the majors available at different colleges. It was great to see all of our students taking advantage of this opportunity.”
Fridley High School junior Tenzin Nyingpo has been selected as a 2018 Bank of America Student Leader. This rare opportunity is provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, with only 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors selected each year. The program provides students with a 7-week paid internship, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C., where Student Leaders from across the country will participate in a leadership summit. The summit focuses on leadership skill building and teaches students how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.
Tenzin said he is excited and looking forward to the Student Leaders program which will develop and refine his leadership skills, provide opportunity to meet new friends, and learn about job and service opportunities. Every summer, he likes to fill his time with opportunities such as these. He has been participating in the Minnesota Business Venture for the past two years, where he learns about business practices, plans and presentations.
Tenzin also enjoys spending his time volunteering. He volunteers on a weekly basis at the Children’s Hospital, where he is able to learn more about the medical field, as well as refine his communication and public engagement skills. He also volunteers at the Mississippi Library where he helps with the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.
A particular aspect that Tenzin stressed in his application was his Tibetan identity. A first generation college-bound student, he and his family are excited about the opportunities ahead of him.
“In one of my essays, I wrote about how I want to advocate for our student body, particularly the Tibetan community,” Tenzin said. “That’s why I’m really happy that I earned this. I’m able to represent the Tibetan community and maybe it will inspire more students to reach out and try to get into these types of programs.”
Tenzin will intern at the Hennepin Theater Trust in Minneapolis with four other Student Leaders, where they will learn about marketing and nonprofit business aspects.