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Kids Making a Difference for April

Published: May 11, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson Middle School seventh graders Alex Clampffer and Blake Hartline 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 seventh graders Jonathan Coates, Emma Huston, Meredith Liechty, Vincent Lyon, and Will Wallace. 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.

Alex Clampffer is in the Respect community at the Hudson Middle School. She was nominated for being an exemplary student who always has kind words to share. If a friend is in need, Alex takes the time to listen and help that individual. Alex tries to do at least one random act of kindness a day, including opening doors for people as well as bringing in cupcakes for her class. Alex enjoys swimming, lacrosse and running as well as yoga and reading. She plans to attend college where she will continue swimming. Alex hopes to live a healthy life and travel in the future. According to Alex, "Kids can make a difference by being kind to each other and stopping bullying." She believes, "the most important and simple thing you can do is respect everyone."

Blake Hartline is a member of the Hudson Middle School Integrity community. He was nominated for his exceptional politeness, caring demeanor and willingness to help in any way. In particular, he reaches out to students with disabilities by volunteering in the special needs classrooms. Blake plays basketball, runs cross country for HMS and plays baseball for the Kings Baseball Club in Hudson. He also likes to hang out with friends and play basketball in Veterans Way Park. He looks forward to college and a possible career in professional sports or becoming a teacher and coach. Blake thinks kids can make a difference by "helping out others in need, rejecting passivity and doing things without being asked to do them." He adds, "It's important to be kind to one another and work hard to accomplish your goals."

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.

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