Award Year: 2014

Riverside Elementary School

220 NW 3rd Street
Brainerd, MN, 56401-3225

(218) 454-6800

Mrs. Jodi Lin Kennedy, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Brainerd Public Schools

School Website


At Riverside Elementary School, we are committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment and helping students reach their potential in academic achievement.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Native American: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Gotta Keep Reading Flash Mob for I Love to Read Month

Gotta Keep Reading Flash Mob for I Love to Read Month

Riverside Elementary School is a community of learners continuously striving for improvement and excellence. Commitment to providing personalized learning is a cornerstone of Riverside’s mission and drives their continued successes. Riverside staff are dedicated to best practice professional development opportunities and job embedded professional learning activities. Through purposeful assessment staff can better analyze student abilities and prescribe the individualized learning opportunities and interventions that best prepare students for future challenges.

Riverside staff recognize the unique differences of our learners and work tirelessly to meet their needs. Staff are focused on building meaningful relationships with all students and engaging them in purposeful learning as well as memory making activities. Additionally, staff provide multiple levels of academic support for students through the Literacy Collaborative framework, Title I, and Targeted Services programs. Riverside’s central focus on improving the culture and learning environment is celebrated by honoring student successes and quality character achievements at the Student of the Month Celebrations.

Riverside Elementary lives the "it takes a village to raise a child" belief by involving staff, families, community members, and volunteers joined in team work. Students receive learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom. Riverside’s mission is being achieved as evidenced by the fact that 635 students return through our doors eagerly each morning with smiles and hugs ready to meet the challenges of their day in the hopes for a better future!