Hudson -- Approximately 25 students gathered in the Hudson Middle School choir room to audition for a part in four safety videos.

Groups of five students read from a script, switching parts after the initial reading while Video Director Julia Kolibab took notes on the performances.


The Student Safety Video Series encourage students who live within two miles to walk and bike to school, identifies safe routes to school and safe drop off/pick up procedures, and provides driver safety information.

Students should be notified if they were cast in the Safe Routes Hudson Student Safety Video Series by or before March 17, according to Safe Routes Hudson Coordinator Brenda Divine.

"We had an excellent turnout and were impressed with the talent and enthusiasm for the project," Divine said.

Safe Routes Hudson, which promotes walking and bike riding for a healthy Hudson, is creating the videos to address walking and biking to school and various other safety issues, Divine said.

Mike Ondash, the Hudson High School Graphics Art teacher and Video Club Adviser, will assist with the project.

Students chosen to participate will rehearse at the Hudson Middle School in March after school six to 10 times, depending on how many videos they participate in, Kolibab said.

The videos will be videotaped in April at various locations on the Hudson K-8 campus after school and be completed in June, Kolibab said.

The videos will be shown at Hudson City School parent meetings, open houses and various school programs. They will be aired on Hudson Cable TV and YouTube.

Divine asked why students walk or ride a bike to school.

Seventh-grader Helena Norman said she rides a bike to school with a group of kids for the fresh air and exercise.

Sixth-grader Miranda Namiotka said she prefers walking to riding a bus to school because she can talk with no one saying anything.

Students provided various reasons for auditioning.

Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Glen, who is in drama club, said she wanted to participate because it seemed interesting and fun. Eighth-grader Will Price plans to go to college for musical theater.

"It's a good thing to have on my resume," Will said.

Sixth-grader Hunter Trautmann's reason was safety minded.

"I want kids to know what dangers they have to watch out for when they bike or walk to school," Hunter said.

Sixth-grader Olivia Robinson said she wanted to act in a video that helps others.

On May 14, Safe Routes Hudson will partner again with Hudson City Schools for National Bike/Walk to School Day.


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