East Woods Elementary fourth graders Natalie Kollar and Ben Cole 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 Tommy Rischitelli and Anna Faust. 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.

Natalie Kollar is in Mrs. Lukehart's class at East Woods. Mrs. Lukehart nominated her for embracing a personal challenge in a very positive way and being a "special student who has set the bar as a hard worker and someone who included others in what she was doing." Natalie tries to be a friend to everyone, and she enjoys mentoring younger children. She's active in her Girl Scout troop, participates in Crossfit Kids and plays the violin. When Natalie grows up she'd like to be a fashion designer. She's already started drawing dresses and learning how to sew. And in thinking of ways kids can make a difference, Natalie hopes that "her school will have a day where everyone plants a tree."

Ben Cole is a fourth grader at East Woods in Mrs. Rourke and Mrs. Truex's team. He was nominated because "he is a kind, compassionate and very helpful student." He befriended another student who came here from Korea and Ben has provided support for his new friend in all aspects of school. In fact, if Ben sees that the other student is confused or needs help, Ben will do all he can to help. Ben likes to play ice hockey with his team and older brothers and wants to be an NHL player when he grows up. Ben thinks kids can make a difference by "helping each other and always being kind."

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.