East Woods School fifth graders Ashley Petrik and Nicholas Ryan were nominated and chosen for recognition by the "Kids Making a Difference" program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Honorable Mention was awarded to fifth graders Connor Rubin, Jon David Taylor, Sam Bingaman, Kevin Toth, Lily Swain, Caroline Tikkanen, Alyse Stelmarski, and Abigail Paster. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Ashley Petrik is in Mrs. Nederostek's class at East Woods. Mrs. Nederostek nominated her for being responsible and compassionate. "Ashley honors her commitment to assist at home, in school and in her community for the benefit of others." In fact Ashley and her dance team make Blankets for Babies to donate to the Akron Children's Hospital. Ashley is an avid participant in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Acrogymnastics. She enjoys dance competitions and won the "Speedy Feet" award for tap dancing. When Ashley grows up she'd like to be a teacher. Ashley believes "kids can make a difference by being kind and helpful to others."
Nicholas Ryan is a fifth grader at East Woods in Mr. Haines's class. Nicholas was nominated because "he is a kind and caring person who is always helpful to the teachers and his peers at school." Nick shows this kindness through his involvement with the Cub Scouts and their annual food drive. Nick enjoys Cub Scouts as well as his after school piano lessons. Someday Nick would like to be a film director or an actor. Nick thinks "kids can make a difference in their communities by joining Cub Scouts or Indian Princesses. Kids should donate to charities too."
The Hudson PTO congratulates these outstanding kids who are making a real difference in their school and community. The PTO thanks The Royster Group for their sponsorship of this program and for their generous donation each month. The proceeds of their donation will assist the children of the Hudson City Schools.