We have wonderful schools throughout Wisconsin. Research shows that Wisconsin school systems serve 118,000 students with disabilities statewide. These students can be our future leaders of today and tomorrow.
Hudson Ambassadors joined North Hudson Pepperfest as Hallway Helpers at the Grand Fête on Friday, Nov. 23 for face painting and crafts for kids, including making reindeer food and Christmas tree ornaments prior to the arrival of Santa downtown Hudson. The Ambassadors were asked to carry the State Farm banner down Second Street that led Santa on his fire truck to Light Up the Night with Christmas lights. Although a little bit of rain was falling during the event, it did not dampen any of the holiday spirit!
Hudson Chrysler LLC partnered with Houlton Elementary to raise $2,120 during the Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraising initiative on Saturday, Nov. 10. Through Chrysler's Cars for Classrooms fundraiser, the Chrysler brand contributes up to $3,000 toward the school on behalf of every test drive participant.
Several Hudson Middle School students were recognized as "Raiders of the Month" for October. The learning habit for October was "responsible risks." Students, parents and staff gathered for a celebration breakfast on Nov. 16.
I had the good fortune of attending Friday's presentation of "Beauty and the Beast" at Hudson High School. It was great to enter the transformed campus and enjoy the refurbished auditorium. The upgrade to the sound system was especially noticeable. At the conclusion of the show, walking out of the auditorium I was struck by the open, spacious community-friendly area that certainly promoted community. The new and transformed space seems really helpful in many ways.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson in conjunction with the US Army Career Center in Hudson, held its third annual food drive to benefit the United Way St. Croix Valley on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at County Market. The "Fill a Humvee" event generated four pallets of food and baby product donations along with $2600 (an additional $100 was received after the photo was taken) in monetary donations, far exceeding previous goals.
A great big THANK YOU to our Hudson Police Department for closing off a portion of Third Street (downtown) on Halloween night! We thought that worked really well and made trick-or-treating a lot safer and easier for kids, families, and those of us distributing candy on a well-attended evening. Well done! We hope you'll do that again in the years to come! Pastor John Lestock for Bethel Lutheran Church Hudson County Board budget
The Hudson Council Knights of Columbus has distributed funds totaling $4,605 to two local organizations that assist the intellectually disabled in the St. Croix Valley area. These funds were from donations collected from the 2018 annual Spring Drive to "Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities" (Tootsie Roll Drive) at local stores.
The upbeat musical comedy "Sister Act," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, is based on the popular Touchstone Pictures motion picture by the same name, written by Joseph Howard and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Performances will be given through Nov. 25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Aspiring diva Deloris Van Cartier is trying to work her way to the top of the 1970s Philadelphia disco scene.
St. Patrick School held its 18th Annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9, to remember and honor veterans and support active military men and women. The guest speaker was Claire Zajac, a retired Colonel from U.S. Army Reserve.