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Hudson Middle Schoolers host Doggity Fun Run

Hudson middle schoolers are planning a fun run to benefit the Hudson Dog Park on April 22. Pictured are (front row, from left) Matt Dunn, Lynn Gobina, Grace Goertzen, Jaden Sachse, Carter Busta, Nate Vaudreuil and Josiah Opatz; and back row, Peyton Butterfield, Claire Keech, Ella Schienle, Quinn Williams, Maddy Berg, Brody Vonberge, Gabe Hockbein and their teacher Katie Rolstad. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia

Hudson middle schoolers learned a lesson on being active community members this year as they planned a Doggity Fun Run for April 22 benefiting the Hudson Dog Park project.

The seventh-graders in Katie Rolstad's class decided on the service project as part of their Make Our Project, selecting the Hudson Dog Park as the fundraiser recipient.

"Just to put a good mark on the community," Gabe Hockbein said.

The class has been planning the event all year, handling everything from permits to promotion.

"It takes a lot of work to put something like this together," Lynn Gobina said.

The work included getting permits, setting up the court route, designing and selling shirts, fundraising, reaching out to businesses and spreading the word about the event.

"We worked on it like all year, on and off again," Ella Schienle said.

The students were responsible for emailing potential sponsors and contacting the different school principals, as well as showing a video about the event.

"To get our message out there," Gobina said.

The experience had a bit of a learning curve. The class worked with the Hudson Middle School Parent Group and Hudson Dog Owners Association.

"There were so many things that got in the way," Hockbein said. "It took a lot of time."

Planning was balanced alongside their normal class work as well.

"It was hard because we couldn't stick to it," Nate Vaudreuil said.

Now that the planning is done and the event is coming up, the class said they are all excited for the day of the event.

"I'm excited to see all the dogs and see all the people," Peyton Butterfield said.

The event is open to community members and their dogs. The run has multiple start times so as many people as possible can make it. The event will also feature a yard sale with dog items.

Doggity Fun Run is Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hudson Middle School.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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