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Teachers earn $12,383 in Star Grants

Among those at the Education Foundation of Hudson Star Grant presentation last week were, front from left, Alison Johnson, Heather Bohl, Cindy Landers, Beth Erlenborn and Amy Hamborg; back, District Learning Services Director Sandi Kovatch, Caroline Wolf, Tim Halvorson, Lisa Wald, Elizabeth Pichardo and Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten. Photo by Doug Stohlberg

The Education Foundation of Hudson last week awarded Star Grants for innovative projects and curriculum training. The foundation awarded grants totaling $12,383 for six projects involving 13 educators and administrators touching several schools in the Hudson district.

Foundation President Bob Benoy presented the awards Thursday, May 19, at Hudson High School. He told recipients that the foundation and community are proud of the educators' efforts to bring innovative ideas to the classroom.

"You are the teachers who inspire excellence, and that is why you are here today," Benoy said. "You are innovative, creative, encourage innovative projects and are not afraid to expand your horizons."

The foundation is funded by private donations, mostly coming from local and area businesses, individuals and foundations.

Star Grants offer financial support for innovative classroom projects and furthering the education of teachers - projects that would not typically be funded in the normal budgeting process. The foundation awards grants twice each year. Deadlines are Nov. 1 and April 1.

The foundation also selects winners of the Star Excellence Award, which is presented to educators each spring. Those individuals are nominated by the public and nominations are also due April 1 of each year.

The foundation, founded in 1990, is a private organization established to strengthen community participation in local schools and inspire both teachers and students.

With last week's awards, the foundation has funded nearly $1,040,000 in projects and awards since its inception.


  • Earth Partnership for Hudson School District written by Cindy Landers and Heather Bohl at Hudson Middle School. The foundation awarded $1,500.
  • Family Literacy Program in Hudson written by Amy Hamborg, Beth Erlenborn, Elizabeth Pichardo and Lisa Wald at E.P. Rock Elementary School. The foundation awarded $3,000.
  • Moving and Munching at River Crest is Rewarding written by Caroline Wolf at River Crest Elementary. The foundation awarded $500.
  • Personal Response Systems written by Maren Lau, Shelley Bornfleth, John Gernes and Tim Halvorson at Hudson Middle School. The foundation awarded $3,000.
  • Technology Tools for Learning written by Alison Johnson at Trinity Academy. The foundation awarded $2,364.
  • Using the SMART Interactive Response System to Improve Student Learning in Science written by Patty Mueller at Hudson High School. The foundation awarded $2,019.

    In addition to Benoy, current foundation board members are Jodell Krause, Vickie Harris, Nola Gehn, Dr. Ron Bernth, Marion Schultz, Doug Stohlberg and Arnie Fett. Steven Keller is the organization's volunteer executive director.

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