Weather related school closings  To help our families plan ahead in case of weather related school closings, Fridley Public Schools has put together the following information on its website...

    • ThuMar22 ECFE Classes closed
    • ThuMar22 ECFE Creative Play Center closed
    • ThuMar22 Early Childhood Screening 12:00 PM to 5:00 PMFridley Community Center
    • ThuMar22 Hayes 2nd Grade Musical 7:00 PMHigh school auditorium
    • FriMar23 ECFE Classes closed

Fridley Event Services

Looking for a place to host your next event?

Rental opportunities are available through Fridley Event Services. Our facilities are an excellent option for any group large or small!

Whether you are planning to host a conference, banquet, meeting, training, private party, performance (theatre, dance, and concert) or athletic event we have the space that is right for you! Our facilities are conveniently located, easily-accessible and fully serviced.

We can accommodate groups looking for a location to meet once, weekly, monthly, or annually. Our service stands out because of the personal attention our customers receive in all phases of the planning process as well as during and after their event.

Our goal is to partner with you in each stage of the planning process to ensure your event is the absolute best it can be!

Our facilites inlcude the following amentities:
• LCD projection equipment and screen
• Sound system
• Wireless microphones
• High speed, wireless internet

Information, Tours and Bookings

Stephen Keeler, Coordinator
Fridley Community Center
6085 Seventh Street NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 763 502-5106

Dan Wold, Auditorium & Events Coordinator
Fridley District Auditorium
6000 West Moore Lake Drive
Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 763 502-5631



6085 Seventh Street NE Fridley, MN 55432
Conveniently located approximately one mile
north of Highway 694 on 61st Ave NE


6000 West Moore Lake Dr. Fridley, MN 55432
Conveniently located approximately 1/2 mile
north of Highway 694 West Moore Lake Dr.


6100 West Moore Lake Dr. Fridley, MN 55432
Conveniently located approximately 3/4 mile
north of Highway 694 West Moore Lake Dr.

R.L. Stevenson Elementary School was recently awarded the Outdoor Learning on the Riverfront grant through the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. The $3,000 grant will allow the school to expand outdoor learning opportunities by creating a rain garden and butterfly garden in the center of the newly created turnaround area near the playground.

The grant will also fund a partnership with Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts. Ferris is an environment STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education specialist who partners with schools and community groups to boost science literacy in programs and create on-site solutions for a number of today’s environmental issues. She will be helping to design the garden area, working STEM educational pieces into IB curriculum, visiting classrooms and teaching lessons.

These lessons will be incorporated into the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) units of inquiry. Students will enjoy various projects, regarding the life cycle and water cycle, throughout the spring and fall.

PYP Coordinator Veronica Mathison said the value in incorporating these hands-on lessons for students is endless.

“By participating in these projects, I think they can really start to see how their small actions can have long lasting effects on our environment, as well as working to create a place where learning can take place,” Mathison said. “They’re also making connections with what they are learning in textbooks and  in the classroom because they are going to see their learning come to life. Seeing these plants and butterflies grow will be a great learning experience for our students.”

The grant is also inspiring this year’s annual Day of Action, which is a community service project for students and staff. Tentative plans include cleaning, de-weeding, and sprucing up the current outdoor learning area near the Mississippi River behind Stevenson. 



The photos feature Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts, teaching Stevenson Elementary first graders about seed germination. These plants will later be transplanted into the rain and butterfly garden in the center of the newly created turnaround area near the playground at Stevenson.

Congratulations to the members of the Fridley High School Speech Team who became the Tri-Metro Conference champions on March 8, 2018. The team also took home the championship title in the 2017 competition.

Five students who earned champion titles included: Andrew Wagner in Extemporaneous Reading, Darius Williams and Daniel Ajagbusi in Duo Interpretation, Elisa Strecker in Original Oratory, and Christen Doe in Drama. Additionally, BaoBai Xiong earned a second place finish in Storytelling, while Kenzie Swartz earned second in Extemporaneous Reading.

R.L. Stevenson Elementary School held an assembly on March 7, 2018 featuring four successful African Americans to inspire students to always work hard and do their best. The event was held in part to celebrate Black History Month, and in addition to students learning about African Americans who have shaped the past, they were presented with role models who can inspire their futures.

“It is important that all students are aware of various forms success can take,” Stevenson Family and Cultural Liaison Hope Laroche said. “Our guests talked about the importance of hard work, dedication, resilience, education, and following your dreams.”

The special guests included Minnesota Timberwolves player Jamal Crawford; Fridley alum Akeem Akway, a local entrepreneur and barber who cuts hair for many famous professional sports athletes; Fridley alum Jimmy Mireri, a current 4th grade teacher at Stevenson; and former Stevenson student Nathan Sheferaw, an entrepreneur who began his own food delivery business in the Twin Cities.

Laroche said, “We want students to realize that we as a staff at Stevenson are championing their success, regardless of the path that takes. It is important for students to hear that they are believed in and supported.”

As a former Stevenson student, Sheferaw wanted to give back to students since he had a similar experience when someone had given back to him as a young student. Due to Sheferaw’s generosity, students entered a “Pay It Forward” essay contest, where they wrote on how students would “pay it forward” to others if they were given $200.

“We received over 50 essays and had to narrow it down to the top eight finalists, which was difficult because all the essays were written with care and were bursting with empathy and compassion,” said Laroche.

Eight winners were announced during the assembly and were awarded with a pizza party and gift baskets, donated by Sheferaw. He also gave the contest winners the ability to pay it forward to Stevenson with toys for the gym and recess program that all students will be able to share.

Sheferaw said that he is glad to come back and have a platform where he can motivate students to do their best. He added that it’s important to remind students that the teachers and staff at school are there to support and help them.

“When I was a kid, I couldn’t fully comprehend the type of work ethic that these teachers had, and the support system that they offered me,” Sheferaw said.  “I really started to appreciate it more as I started to grow older. It’s been a great experience coming back here and giving advice to our younger generation. You’re always going to get what you put in, and always give it your 100 percent effort for everything that you do in life.”

As a fourth grade teacher at Stevenson, Mieri was a familiar face to the students. He shared that he didn’t see a lot of teachers who looked like him when he attended school.

“That’s what motivated me to become a teacher,” Mieri said. “It’s important to have all kinds of representation within our education system.”

He told students that it’s important to follow your dreams and don’t let others bring them down. He added that sweat equity is an important aspect to everyday life and hard work.

“Everyday is a great day to get better and just reach where you can go,” Mieri said.

Crawford said he enjoyed visiting Stevenson to visit with the students and show them what can be possible if you commit to working hard.

“This means everything,” Crawford said. “When I was a kid, I thought it was the end all be all by just making it to the NBA, but now I know that the coolest thing about being where I am today is being able to do things like this and give back to the next generation. It’s great to see the energy and passion of the students here at Stevenson.”

Akway graduated from Fridley High School in 2009 where he got his start by cutting his basketball teammates’ hair. Following high school, Akway attended barber school and worked at a local shop before opening his own business, Akway’s Sports Barbershop in Spring Lake Park.

Akway said his business does a “giving back” event each year to thank the community and inspire the younger generation.

“It feels great to be back here and offer motivation to these young students,” Akway said. “I’m glad I’m able to share my story and maybe inspire students to follow their dreams and find something their passionate about. It’s all about practice and finding something you really enjoy doing.”



Top left: Minnesota Timberwolves player Jamal Crawford. Top right: Fridley alum Akeem Akway, a local entrepreneur and barber who cuts hair for many famous professional sports athletes. Bottom left: Fridley alum Jimmy Mireri, a current 4th grade teacher at Stevenson. Bottom right: former Stevenson student Nathan Sheferaw, an entrepreneur who began his own food delivery business in the Twin Cities. Sheferaw donated recess equipment, as well as gift bags and a pizza party to the student winners of the "Pay It Forward" essay contest.  

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