Being recognized for the
third year in a row as one the "100 Best Communities for Young People" was certainly a highlight for me last year. I have the good fortune of coming into contact with many of the young people throughout Hudson. Whether at our local grocery stores, while they cheerfully work at their part-time jobs; in the classrooms that I visit each year for local governmental curriculum discussions; attending the many Eagle Scout ceremonies, to which I am invited; attending school plays or musical concerts, along with the numerous sporting events that are open to the public, or the entrepreneur business expos that I attend, I witness our young people being enthusiastic givers of their time and talents.
There are also student volunteers from all age groups around town assisting in multiple endeavors. On Dec. 27, as an example, was the fabulous outreach event conducted by members of the Hudson Explorer Football Team. Arrangements were made during the holiday season to support an afternoon with the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club. Members of the team, their parents and supporting friends, and of course some of Hudson's merchants, came together to extend the holiday season for a group of 120 youngsters. The football players and their families gave money, solicited donations from the Hudson Merchants Association, and volunteered to stage an afternoon of games, fun and prizes. I congratulate the team for taking the initiative for helping the children of the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club. Our young people are great ambassadors for the city of Hudson.
There is an old saying: "You get what you give." As adults we give of ourselves to support the youth of Hudson. In abundant return they give back to us by showing us, with pride, the quality young people they have become, especially during the holiday season. Thank you Hudson young people. I am so very proud of you.
Bill Currin, Hudson Mayor