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An adult and two children play bingo.

The FMS gym was packed with students and families on Thursday, April 11 for Fridley Middle School’s first ever bingo night. With 145 students and their families present, FMS Principal Dr. Amy Cochran considers this first event a success.

Fridley Public Schools has a long-standing tradition of hosting successful bingo nights, with Hayes and Stevenson Elementary Schools leading the way year after year. Dr. Cochran wanted to see if the same engagement and interest would hold true for middle school families. 

“Bingo night was a huge success! It was really well received by families,” she said. “It was a fun way for families to engage with each other and their students. We were really happy with the turnout and look forward to making this an annual event.” 

A group poses while playing bingo.

During the event, Dr. Cochran previewed the Summer RISE programming that FMS will provide this summer. The Summer RISE program is a five-week program designed to engage students in meaningful reading and math instruction while providing them with the tools and skills to succeed this fall. It is open to all FMS students who will be in grades 5 through 9 in the 2024 - 2025 school year. 

Dr. Cochran is thankful to the family engagement committee who set up the bingo night and to Jaimie Beran, FMS social worker, who helped organize it. Additionally a huge thank you goes to all of the community members who donated prizes.

For more information on the Summer RISE programming, click here. (Spanish, Hmong, Somali). Register here by May 10.