Kids Making a Difference
Each month of the school year we focus on one particular grade level (K – 8). Kids are nominated by their teachers, peers, adults in their lives, etc., for doing special things in their classroom, church, neighborhood, or community-at-large. Our goal is to recognize these kids for their above and beyond efforts that truly make a difference in the lives of others.
We then publish an article about the top candidates in the Hudson Hub, along with their photos. The kids are thrilled to be chosen and generally write the most adorable “thank you” notes to me. All of this gets coordinated by a representative from the Hudson PTO and I, in turn, donate $100 each month to the PTO. This has been a very rewarding program for all concerned, and I created the program more than 20 years ago!
The Hudson PTO congratulates these outstanding kids who are making a real difference in their school and community. The PTO thanks The Royster Group for their sponsorship of this program and for their generous donation each month. The proceeds of their donation will assist the children of the Hudson City Schools. This month we are focusing on eighth graders.
Hudson Middle School eighth graders Constance Loring and Ryan Pappano were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Constance Loring is in the Integrity community at the Hudson Middle School. She was nominated because she “exemplifies the characteristics of a student that all teachers desire to have in their classrooms.” She comes to class eager to learn and participates regardless of the task. Her positive attitude is contagious to those around her. Constance enjoys volunteering at the Akron Food Bank as well as her neighborhood pool. She is active in cross country and track. She also plays basketball and swims during the summers. When not involved in these many activities she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In the future, Constance would like to go to college and work in the business field. Constance believes that, “in order to make a difference you need to be kind and stay positive all the time …small acts of kindness can make a big difference.”
Ryan Pappano is member of the Hudson Middle School Respect community. He was nominated because Ryan comes to school each day with a smile and a positive attitude, spreading joy to his teachers and classmates. Ryan focuses on small acts of kindness daily, like putting all the chairs on the tables for his teachers at the end of the day. Ryan enjoys designing and building different electrical engineering projects, specifically those involving rocketry. He also plays tennis. Ryan hopes to go to college at MIT to major in computer and electrical engineering while minoring in computer science. He also hopes to start a successful technology company once he graduates. Ryan feels that “any kid could make a difference just by being kind to everyone and by doing little things to make a person’s day that much better.”
Mia, Max and Isa Dooley are “terrific triplets” at Evamere Elementary School. According to their teachers each sibling is a brilliant, compassionate and outstanding leader in his or her own special and unique way. Mia and Max are being recognized as students making a difference because of the support, empathy and leadership in advocating to spread awareness of their sister’s condition of Type I Diabetes. Max and Mia are well-educated on Isa’s condition and are prepared to care for their sister at all times.
Mia Dooley is in Miss Frabotta’s class. Miss Frabotta has nominated Mia for the way she and Max have been the most magnificent cheerleaders for their sister and the way Mia empowers her sister with courage and strength on a daily basis. Mia has said, “I like to help Isa make sure she is feeling okay. She has a pod on her arm right now and sometimes it hurts when it moves. I try to make her happy when it hurts. I help her with her test strips sometimes too. I love my sister!” Mia also enjoyed helping out at her school for beautification day. In her free time, Mia takes taekwondo, where she is currently a purple tip belt and is looking forward to earning her black belt. She also loves to play outside, draw pictures and read. When she grows up, Mia would like to be an artist, singer or a scientist. She would also love to be a writer. She currently has a notebook where she writes songs and likes to sing them to her family. She believes that “kids can make a difference being respectful to others. …kids should be an up stander instead of a bystander.”
Max Dooley is a kindergartener in Mrs. Marshall’s class. Max has been nominated for the maturity, compassion and global awareness that he and his sister Mia display, “an awareness beyond their years – a true rarity that is appreciated and embraced within our classroom” according to Mrs. Marshall. When talking about his sister Max said, “I play with Isa a lot. Sometime I get to press the buttons when she needs to check her levels on her pod. Isa always lets me pick the movie! Isa is the best because she has a good heart and a Dexcom.” Max also enjoyed volunteering at beautification day at Evamere. Max is looking forward to earning his black belt this coming year after studying taekwondo for three years. He also enjoys playing basketball, baseball, reading and going on bike rides with his father. In the future Max really wants to become a singer and dancer like Matty B. He would like to write songs and perform them all over the world. Max believes kids can make a difference be being respectful of people and things around us, whether it be taking care of library books, artwork on the walls or just the buildings and schools that we enter.
Evamere Elementary School first graders Jonah Vinocur and Will Thomas were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Jonah Vinocur is in Miss Politano’s class at Evamere where his outstanding leadership skills and positive and hardworking attitude helps him stand out both in and out of the classroom. Jonah lends a helping hand around his classroom, is the first to volunteer for school programs and has no hesitation in assisting his peers with an academic assignment or cleaning. Jonah is a devoted soccer player and currently plays on the Black Panthers team through Hudson United. He enjoys taking art lessons, running fast, swimming and trying new sports and activities. When not involved in activities, Jonah can be found building Legos. When he grows up Jonah would like to be a professional soccer player or dog walker. He is also positive he would like to be a dad someday. He believes that, “in addition to doing things that raise money for charities, I think that kids can make a difference by being kind to everyone, offering to help our teachers with whatever they need, being willing to help each other and doing our best all the time.”
Will Thomas is a first grader at Evamere in Mrs. Jensen’s class. He was nominated for, “coming to school with a smile on his face and a willingness to learn despite his daily physical challenges… constantly making people of all ages appreciate life.” According to Mrs. Jensen Will can be described as a, “ray of sunshine.” Will has the ability to evoke a roar of cheers and encouragement from his classmates, motivating those around him and encouraging them to appreciate the small things in life. Will enjoys driving his chair around outside his house with his sister and brothers, as well as attending MOVE at Christ Community Chapel. When Will grows up he would like to invent technology to make our environment better or become an engineer to build robots that can help people. Will believes that kids can make a difference by, “following their passion—like mine, to help our environment and other people.”
Ellsworth Hill Elementary second graders Mark Salem and Auriah Danner were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Honorable Mention was awarded to second graders Addison Frank, Maribeth Slater, Brody Thome, Christian Taylor, Kai Gondek, Blake Prado and Jonathan Susz. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Mark Salem is in Mrs. Hall’s class at Ellsworth Hill where his natural ability to help others shines through. Mrs. Hall is proud of Mark’s selflessness in the classroom and the way he makes choices to help others without a second thought. Mark tries to include everyone and make them feel part of the team. Outside of school, Mark enjoys playing baseball with the Hudson Baseball Association, football for the Hudson Hawks and basketball with the Kiwanis . When he grows up, Mark would like to be a professional athlete and help as many people as he can to make the world a better place. Mark believes that kids can make a difference by being kind to others. “Being kind helpful and respectful to everyone makes a real difference.”
Auriah Danner is a second grader at Ellsworth Hill in Miss Saluan’s class. She was nominated for being “a loving, hardworking and determined young lady.” Auriah prides herself on helping anyone who needs it, even if it’s just sharing a smile or a hug to lift someone’s spirits. Auriah participates in school events and HCER programs in order to sharpen the saw (as they saw at Ellsworth) and keep balance in her life. According to Miss Saluan, “Auriah is a leader because no matter what gets in her way, she perseveres and achieves her goals!”
McDowell Elementary third graders Cali Gambrel and Ian Katz were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Cali Gambrel is in Mrs. Richardson’s class. According to Mrs. Richardson, “If you were to look up a picture of empathy in the dictionary there would be a picture of Cali next to it!” As a member of the Care Club at McDowell, Cali has participated in making valentines for the children at St. Jude’s and leaving “random acts of kindness” notes around school. She also volunteers with her dad at the local pet rescue that specializes in cats. When she is not at Care Club or spending time with animals, Cali enjoys horseback riding, basketball, piano and gymnastics. In the future, Cali would like to become a farm veterinarian that specializes in horses. Cali believes that kids can make a real difference in schools and the community by, “being a good, kind person and helping others.”
Ian Katz is a third grader at McDowell in Miss LaScola’s class. He was nominated because “he has made a huge difference both in the classroom and within the community.” As class president, Ian created a class donation program where the class donates different items to an organization in need every month of the school year. They have collected and donated to places like the Akron Children’s Hospital and a battered womens’ shelter in Akron. When not leading in the classroom or setting the example of a model student, Ian can be found playing soccer or participating as a member of the Hudson Cub Scouts. He enjoys attending Temple and traveling with his family. He hopes to travel to all 50 states before attending college; he has already made it to 43! Once in college, Ian would like to become a doctor, scientist or computer programmer. Ian believes that “kids can make a difference by being active in their communities.”
East Woods Elementary fourth graders Lauren Seymour and Parker Jenks were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Honorable Mention was awarded to fourth graders Addison LeVan, Meredith Klemens, Mallory Schenkenberger, Adeline Pelletier, Samantha Rosenberg, Janset Aykanat, Elisabeth Benore, Parker Jackson Maniar, Brooke Pulte, and Amelia Elliott. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Lauren Seymour is a fourth grader in Mrs. Oshaben’s class. Lauren’s ability to be a team player, her kindness and helpfulness is what caught the attention of administration to be selected as a “kid making a difference”. Lauren has also helped others by participating in the United Way’s Help End Hunger run on Thanksgiving. Outside of the classroom Lauren can be found swimming, playing soccer or dancing. She also enjoys singing in the choir and playing her viola in the school orchestra. When Lauren grows up she would like to attend an Ivy League college and study journalism. Lauren believes that kids can make a difference in their communities by “recycling their trash, avoid littering and planting trees and plants”.
Parker Jenks is a fourth grader at East Woods in Mrs. Ulrich, Mr. Brockway and Mrs. Koneval’s team. Parker is an upbeat student and a leader inside and outside the classroom. He recently volunteered with the Run4Jason event at Hudson Springs Park, a community event. Parker enjoys playing football, basketball and flag football. He also enjoys attending a church event called Blast on Wednesday nights. When he grows up, Parker would like to go to college and play football, eventually becoming a professional player. If not the NFL, then he would like to become a chemical engineer like his father. In thinking of ways kids can make a difference, Parker believes they should, “Help other children when they are upset or hurt, help teachers by being responsible and take care of our families”.
East Woods Elementary fifth graders Hailey Dravis and Samantha Eiswerth were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Honorable Mention was awarded to fifth graders Katie Bielecki, Owen Hall and Ava Trainer. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and out of school, for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Hailey Dravis is in Mrs. Hay’s class. Mrs. Hays nominated Hailey because she is a “kind, responsible and overall wonderful leader and addition to my classroom”. Hailey volunteers her time several days a week as a peer model for special needs students and also works with her grandmother delivering meals with the Meals on Wheels Program. Hailey is involved in many activities including Hudson cheerleading, AWANA’s youth group at church, dance and gymnastics. She also has quite a passion for baking. When Hailey grows up she would like to be an educator for deaf and other special needs children. Hailey believes kids can make a difference by “helping others and being kind and considerate to others feelings and needs.”
Samantha Eiswerth is a fifth grader in Mr. VanderSchie’s class. Samantha (Sammy) was nominated because she is, “one of the kindest children I’ve known” according to Mr. VanderSchie. Sammy goes out of her way to write cards to those who need good luck, helps those in need of assistance and looks forward to making someone’s day brighter. She also volunteers her time as a “Lunch Buddy” consistently throughoutthe year. Sammy swims for HEAT, and enjoys acting and playing with her family. In the future Sammy would like to be a member of the U.S.A. Olympic swim team or an artist. Sammy thinks kids can make a difference by “being kind and giving back to their communities.”
Hudson Middle School sixth graders Maddie McGurr and Noah Zappone were nominated and chosen for recognition by the “Kids Making a Difference” program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Honorable Mention was awarded to sixth graders Olivia Greenbaum, Logan Hensel, Nora Howard, Danny Mondora, Ben Mormino, Angela Ryan and Ava Wallace. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.
Maddie McGurr is in the Integrity community at the Hudson Middle School. She was nominated for her energetic, fun, thoughtful and happy personality. Maddie can be found regularly offering to provide a helping hand or a smile to those in need. She volunteers in the Hudson Middle School office and, along with some of her fellow classmates, participated in organizing a fundraising activity to raise money for victims of Hurricane Matthew. Maddie participates in other Middle School activities including GameSpot and the school choir. She loves to draw and is described as a “great artist” by her friends. When she grows up Maddie is considering becoming a fashion designer and would like to create a TV show called Mr. Hummingbird and friends. When it comes to kids making a difference, Maddie believes “Kids can make a difference by respecting and helping others.”
Noah Zappone is a member of the Hudson Middle School Service community. He was nominated because he is a student who sets a fine example of excellence in behavior, leadership and cooperation both in and out of the classroom. His teachers say that, “Noah always has an infectious smile on his face and a kind word for his fellow classmates…he never leaves the classroom without thanking his teachers daily.” It is a daily personal goal of Noah’s to brighten the lives of other people by smiling and to give out compliments to help improve the days of those he passes. Noah can also be found playing Kiwanis travel basketball, or Hudson United travel Soccer. He also participates on the Hudson Park Estates Swim Team, Hudson Middle School Band and attends and participates in the youth programs and choir at First Congregational Church. In the future, Noah would like to become a teacher where he can continue to help kids learn and have fun. Noah believes that kids can make a difference by “being kind, considerate, and by just being themselves.”