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McDowell Elementary third graders Cali Gambrel and Ian Katz 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. 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.
Cali Gambrel is in Mrs. Richardson's class. According to Mrs. Richardson, "If you were to look up a picture of empathy in the dictionary there would be a picture of Cali next to it!" As a member of the Care Club at McDowell, Cali has participated in making valentines for the children at St. Jude's and leaving "random acts of kindness" notes around school. She also volunteers with her dad at the local pet rescue that specializes in cats. When she is not at Care Club or spending time with animals, Cali enjoys horseback riding, basketball, piano and gymnastics. In the future, Cali would like to become a farm veterinarian that specializes in horses. Cali believes that kids can make a real difference in schools and the community by, "being a good, kind person and helping others."
Ian Katz is a third grader at McDowell in Miss LaScola's class. He was nominated because "he has made a huge difference both in the classroom and within the community." As class president, Ian created a class donation program where the class donates different items to an organization in need every month of the school year. They have collected and donated to places like the Akron Children's Hospital and a battered womens' shelter in Akron. When not leading in the classroom or setting the example of a model student, Ian can be found playing soccer or participating as a member of the Hudson Cub Scouts. He enjoys attending Temple and traveling with his family. He hopes to travel to all 50 states before attending college; he has already made it to 43. Once in college, Ian would like to become a doctor, scientist or computer programmer. Ian believes that "kids can make a difference by being active in their communities."
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.