742 Pen Pals Link Up at Lunch

United Way John Bryant with third-graders.

It’s the big day! Students from Oak Hill Community School and Kennedy Community School finally get to meet their pen pals. Their eagerness and excitement is electric in the air. St. Cloud Area Community Education has offered the Pen Pal Program for nearly 20 years. The program connects community members with third-grade students within the District. … Read more






Discovery Bike Fleet Makes a Big Impact

Students eager to ride bikes.

“I’m used to falling off,” laughs third-grader Jonathan Morales. But, Morales gets right back on his bike and goes at it again. “I’m still kind of learning how to ride,” he admits. For the past four weeks, Discovery Community School, in partnership with BLEND of CentraCare, has been teaching students in grades three through five how to … Read more






Safe Talk for Kids Starts Early

Feigh speaks about child safety.

Many generations grew up with the boogie man and “stranger danger.” Kids were taught to distrust anyone they didn’t know. Books and videos were about the “scary man” that could come take children away. Most communication about child safety was, therefore, fear-based. However, Alison Feigh from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) has new strategies for … Read more






It’s a Whole New World for 742 Chinese Immersion Students

Chinese Immersion students at the Great Wall of China.

“Can we go back to China?” asks Ameena Eyo, eighth-grade Chinese Immersion student at North Junior High School. Eighth-grade students from North and ninth-grade students from Apollo High School have just returned from a two-week educational trip to China and they are still abuzz from their experiences. The Apollo and North students who went on … Read more






Score! Tech Grad Earns Perfect MCAT

Tyler Benning

Less than 1 percent of applicants taking the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) are able to earn a perfect score, and Tech High School graduate Tyler Benning just joined the privileged ranks. Benning wasn’t expecting to receive a perfect score. He’d been taking practice tests that were going well, “but not that well.” In fact, … Read more