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Hudson teachers earn $13,155 in Star Grants

Among those earning grants from the Education Foundation of Hudson last week were, front from left, Laura Love, Alleyne Knudson, Kristin Conrad, Kari Halstead, Michael Yell, Liz Hovland and Teresa Sadrakula; back, Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, Crystal Geigle, Josh Halvorson, Patty Mueller, Jodi Youngman, Cindy Gresmer, Joan Kill and Mary Piasecki. 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 $13,155 for six projects involving 17 educators and administrators touching most schools in the Hudson district.

Foundation President Bob Benoy presented the awards Thursday, Dec 2, 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 $1,060,000 in projects and awards since its inception.


  • Classroom libraries written by Alleyne Knudson and Crystal Geigle at Hudson High School. The foundation awarded $500.
  • Document cameras: Enhanced learning in the art room written by Janet Clymer, Joan Kill, Cindy Gresmer and Jodi Youngman for all Hudson elementary schools. The foundation awarded $3,510.
  • High Interest Books for struggling readers written by Teresa Sadrakula at St. Patrick's School. The foundation awarded $700.
  • Learning Science through inquiry written by Josh Halvorson, Lisa Watkins and Patty Mueller at Hudson High School. The foundation awarded $2,741.
  • One Book-One School/anti-bullying written by Kristin Conrad, Angela Goebel and Kari Halstead at Hudson Middle School. The foundation awarded $4,704.
  • Take Two Mummies & Call Me in the Morning: Seventh Graders meet King Tut written by Drew Baillargeon, Nick Christensen, Liz Hovland and Michael Yell at the Hudson Middle School. The foundation awarded $1,000.

    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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