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Fostering district-wide unity, members of the Fridley High School (FHS) Minnesota Honor Society (MHS) made the most of an opportunity to connect with their younger peers by creating virtual ‘read aloud’ videos for Fridley’s Hayes Elementary School students to enjoy.

FHS senior Kimberly Escobar Cabanzo, and juniors Vanessa Lor and Sophie Pehl worked with Hayes staff to create the videos. Each student selected a book to read and also shared words of advice with the elementary students. The high schoolers discussed their love for reading and encouraged the young​er scholars to attend the upcoming February 25 drive-through Hayes Family Literacy Night event. Students will be watching the read alouds during the week of Feb. 8 in their Tower Talk morning meeting, which serves as the weekly communication to all Hayes students.

While the MHS members were creating the videos, Hayes staff members were excited to visit with their former students. Staff were impressed with the scholars and were delighted to have witnessed their growth through Fridley Public Schools.  The students echoed the sentiment.

“It was so exciting to reconnect with elementary staff who I knew when I was young,” shared Lor, who has been in the district since Kindergarten.

Lor added that she would gladly volunteer at the elementary schools again and continue to give back to younger students. “The pandemic has affected everyone,” said Lor. “I wanted to find a way to give back to my school community and help brighten up these young scholars' day!” said Lor.