Hudson PTA honors two as Outstanding Child Advocates

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The Hudson PTA honored Kelly Kempf and Josanne Hyclak with its annual Outstanding Child Advocacy Awards.

Kempf, director of pupil services for Hudson City Schools, was selected for her holistic approach to all aspects of the needs of children. In addition to her focus on special education, her activities including Wellness Training Day to train the staff on red flags for children with mental illness, and working with Safe Routes Hudson to make sure students are walking/cycling to school to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

According to Hudson Board of Education member James Field, she serves on many committees and is always quick to take on responsibilities above and beyond her role in the district.

Hyclak is an intervention specialist who teaches fourth grade at East Woods School. She has been connecting and enriching the lives of the children she teaches and teams with for 23 years, according to Brenda DeLeo who nominated Hyclak for the award.

Hyclak goes above and beyond for all the students on her team. Founder of the Special Olympics in the Hudson City Schools, each spring she coaches track for 35 Special Olympic athletes. In addition, she organizes a monthly group called Buddies which partners special needs students with other students to improve their social skills.

Honorable mention for the OCA Award include Connie Walton, Hudson Middle School counselor; Carol Conway, occupational therapist at Hudson City Schools; Jennifer McKinley,

active community volunteer and leader; Shaun Gaskin, seventh grade science teacher; Bill and Colleen Gawne, girls and boys cross country team parent volunteers; Laura Jones, community leader; Gigi Kostoff, kindergarten teacher; Fran Lecklikner, parent volunteer and leader; and Laurie Parker, school bus driver.

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