Community Supporting School Projects

September 28, 2011 —

Since the Spring Hudson Area Schools leaders have been meeting with individual community members and community groups to receive feedback regarding a school bond millage. Theses meetings have been extremely productive and school leaders appreciate all those who have taken the time to provide feedback. Comments that struck school leaders were suggestions that encouraged community involvement to complete some of the projects. School leaders began to list potential projects and to seek community support and look what has happened:

State Championship Sign- Tony and Jami Edison, Lincoln Elementary parents and owners of Vinyl Products USA here in Hudson were approached about a project. They were asked to help beautify the home entrance at Thompson Field. They enthusiastically took on the project. Soon the project grew to a sign commemorating the 2010 State Football Championship. The sign also became a place for local businesses to advertise. Within hours of offering advertisement space local businesses responded and the spaces were sold out. Proceeds from advertisement will be reinvested in to the beautification of areas surrounding the field. The sign will be dedicated as part of the homecoming ceremonies this Friday!

Pond Clean-up- Volunteers from the United Way provided many hours of work to clean up around the pond behind the high school and which is part of our cross county trail. Volunteers brought in special equipment and worked tirelessly to make this area where hundreds of visitors come each year for cross country and baseball events.

Playground Removal- Volunteers also removed fencing around the Thompson Field tennis courts, removed unsafe playground equipment and removed several large dead trees. The result is a much nicer looking visitors side, increased safety and increased parking area.

Press Box Painting- Hudson High School varsity football captains and coach, Chris Luma volunteered to paint the railing along the top of the press box. They used their personal time outside of school and practice and donated their time and supplies to paint.

Hudson School leaders would like to thank all those who helped in the clean-up of these areas. We appreciate all those who gave time, materials or funds to support these projects. These projects played a part in the November 8 bond proposal being reduced substantially. We hope the entire community will consider ways in which your time and talents can be used to support our children by supporting Hudson Area Schools.

I also ask that you support our children by voting “yes” for the bond issue on November 8. This bond is critical for the care of our school buildings and for the future of our district. 67% of these funds are for projects such as roofs, mechanical systems, electrical and plumbing. The projects also improve energy efficiencies, security and safety. Your “yes” vote on November 8 will free up school funds currently being used for maintenance and repair to be used for the education of our children. Working together we can give our children and our community a brighter future.

Michael Osborne,
Hudson Area Schools