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Hudson Community Foundation donates $3,000 to district student fund

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: October 5, 2016 12:00 AM

Hudson -- The Hudson Community Foundation donated $3,000 to the district's student assistance fund at the Sept. 26 Board of Education meeting.

Bill Wooldredge, chairman emeritus of the foundation presented the funds to the Board.

"I'm really pleased to present you with a check for $3,000 to help out the special students who need our help," Wooldredge said.

According to Wooldredge, about 4 1/2 percent, or just over 200, of Hudson City School students are on the federal free lunch program.

"It's kind of amazing when you think about it," he said. "That's over 200 students that need help in enjoying some of the benefits of being in Hudson City Schools -- and that's why we have this fund."

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The foundation, which was established about 16 years ago has about $15 million in its coffers, he added.

"It exists solely to benefit and enrich the future of Hudson," Wooldredge said. "We are really blessed to have such a wonderful city with a great educational system."

Wooldredge said the Board can all take pride in the educational system.

"And we are all benefactors of that," Wooldredge added.

The foundation has set up endowment fund for students in need and the annual fireworks, he added.

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Superintendent Phil Herman, who accepted the check, along with the Board members, said he appreciated the foundation, and the commitment by Wooldredge and his leadership, to grow the fund to be able to provide annual donations to the student assistance fund.

"I greatly appreciate that and admire how you've led the efforts," Herman said.

Board President David Zuro agreed with Herman.

"Making sure those 200-plus students are not disadvantaged and able to take part in the various school activities is really vital," Zuro said. "It's absolutely commendable.'

The Student Assistance Fund is used to help assist students who are in need with funds for school and extra needs that support their experiences connected with the classroom, according to the district.

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