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HUDSON -- Thanks to a round of grants from the Hudson Kiwanis a variety of programs throughout the district will be able to purchase needed educational items.
Hudson Kiwanis President Julie Pratt presented a check to District Treasurer Kathryn Sines last month for $14,090.68 to cover the proposals made by teachers.
"We are grateful for the Kiwanis support of our students," Sines said.
According to Pratt each school along with the Six District Compact Auto Program received about $2,000.
The school programs include:
Evamere Elementary for Critical Thinking Technology and equipment for Innovation Station;
Ellsworth Hill Elementary for Drumfit equipment which will allow students to connect their musical and physical fitness abilities;
McDowell Elementary for Hokki Stools which are ergonomic stools that transforms for stationary sitting;
Eastwoods Elementary for projector equipment for their commons area;
Hudson Middle School for Zspace 3D technology which will add to the grant given them last spring,
Hudson High School Automotive for a specialized electronic trainer to help with learning electricity and electronics;
Hudson High School for Project Based Learning stations.
"Kiwanis also donated to Seton Catholic and and Hudson Montessori schools as well," Pratt said. "It's all part of our school grant program."
Seton Catholic School received $2,000 to purchase books for the third through fifth grade mobile library and Hudson Montessori School received $2,000 for its Parent Education Program.
Hudson Kiwanis has granted $18,090 so far this year, according to Pratt.
"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world and Hudson -- one child at a time," Pratt said. "Through the efforts and dedication of our members, we are able to donate about $60,000 each year to the Hudson community. This is the 66th year the Hudson Kiwanis Club has served our community and its youth."
The school grant program was established to help schools and teachers purchase items for their classrooms not covered under the normal school budget.
"The money comes from our two fundraisers we hold each year," Pratt said. "Our biggest fundraiser is the Kiwanis Hudson Hoops Classic that takes place on three separate weekends in February and March."
During the Hoops Classic the Kiwanis hosts about 100 basketball teams for boys and girls in third through sixth grades from Northeast Ohio.
"Our other fundraiser is a Poinsettia flower sale that takes place in November," Pratt added.
Kiwanis is an international service organization.
"The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged," according to Pratt.
The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International include:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life;
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships;
To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards;
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship;
To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities;
To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.
According to Pratt, Kiwanis is recognized in Hudson for its sports programs.
"We run the recreational baseball program and the travel basketball programs," Pratt said. "Less known is that over the past 10 years we have funded over $600,000 in scholarships and programs including Kiwanis Safety Town, Hudson Community First, Music on the Green, Akron Children's Hospital, Hudson Community Choir, the new Tennis courts at Hudson High, our Scholarship Program ($12,000 annually) and our School grant program. We also volunteer at the Hudson Food Bank, maintain a cabin for the boys scouts at camp Manatoc and sponsor Key Clubs at both Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy."
For additional information on Hudson Kiwanis visit hudsonkiwanis.website.siplay.com or its Facebook page.