(VIDEO) Hudson MS students star in Safe Routes Hudson video

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Cameras are rolling on a new video to promote safe walking and bike riding to schools.

Students gathered April 23 in front of Hudson Middle School to film the second of four videos promoting safety issues for students walking and biking to school.

Safe Routes Coordinator Brenda Divine hired Video Director Julia Kolibab to write and direct the videos. Kolibab is the coordinator for Little Theatre's Accent on Youth Program in Chagrin Falls. Students auditioned in March and 26 students were chosen to perform in one or more videos.

"I am very impressed with our HMS student actors," Divine said. "They have stepped up and done a great job."

Hudson High School video and graphic arts teacher Mike Ondash said four of his video production club students were taping the students and would edit them at the high school. Juniors Billy Beuhl, Lucy Sachtleben and Jackson Fitch with sophomore Joe Russ used two cameras and microphones to capture the words and actions of the Hudson Middle School students acting in the videos.

Filming on the videos will be finished May 2 and then Kolibab, Divine and Ondash's team will edit and finish the videos in June.

The videos encourage students who live within two miles to walk and bike to school; identifies safe routes to school, safe drop off/pick up procedures; and driver safety information.

The videos will be shown for several years at Hudson City School open houses, parent meetings, programs, Hudson Cable TV and YouTube, Divine said.

The students who performed in the April 23 video included Emily Rediger and Jack Lehman as reporters; Sarah Hinkle and Helena Norman as bike riders; Amy Fulton and A.J. Fulco as superheroes; Kaitlyn Glen, Emma Fisher, Emma Masi, Hunter Trautmann, Miranda Namiotha, Andrew Burke, Jack Divine and Brian Myers portrayed students.

Other students seen in the other three videos include James Banko, Lauren Betz, Thomas Bruening, Karsen Guldan, Ronni Hallis, Monique Li-Ming Van De Motter, Kelsey Lowman, Benjamin McManus, Olivia Robinson, Iza Schilling, Connor Silverman and Catherine Sommer.

Safe Route Hudson and Hudson City Schools will participate May 14 in Bike/Walk to School Day. Safe Route Hudson volunteers will pass out SRH T-shirts, Hudson backpack reflectors, DQ coupons and participants can enter a raffle to win prizes. Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg is sponsoring the event and passing out water and a healthy snack for participants.

Anyone interested in volunteering May 14 can contact Divine at

DivineB@hudson.edu or www.saferouteshudson.org.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

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