Hudson PTO Fall and Spring Grants

Each year, Hudson PTO provides HCSD staff the oppportunity to apply for grants in our Fall and Spring Grants programs.  These grants are funded by you - the parents, teachers, and students of Hudson who join PTO each year, buy Spirit Wear, support our Rewards programs and events such as the Pancake Breakfast and Run For the Schools. Just take a look below at some of the fantastic items PTO has granted for Hudson schools throughout the years!

2016 Fall Mini Grants
Thanks to your support of the PTO Membership Drive and Run for the Schools, we are so happy to be able to grant over $5,000 worth of items for each of the schools this fall.

Listening Center materials
Triangular swing
Units of Study for reading
Educational Games

Ellsworth Hill
Audio books
Social Thinking books

Hokki stools
Moby Max

East Woods
Educational games
Sensory tools
Reading Room seating
Book bins
Large paper rolls

Hudson Middle School
Ball chairs
Wiggle cushions
Social Thinking games
Science materials
7th Grade Respect Community field trip

Hudson High School
Breakout EDU game
Amino Acid starter kits
Chipotle gift cards for attendance incentive


2016 Spring Grants
Following another successful Pancake Breakfast this year we were able to give 25 grants totaling over $24,000.  All the schools have benefited from grants and we look forward to seeing the students enjoy using the wide variety of items they will be receiving in the next few weeks.  Here's the full list of grants awarded:

Gym projector system
Wiggle ushions, balls, therabands and stool
Send home book bags
Guided reading sets


Ellsworth Hill
Zones of discipline books
Raz Kids subscription
Standing desks
Rotary cutter


Standing desks
Digital piano
Supplemental reading corner


East Woods
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support equipment
Rugby balls and cricket sets
Therapy balls , stands and pumps


Middle School
Google cardboard
Tools for sensory processing
Peace Project supplies
Media center furniture

High School
Router table
LCE transition curriculum
Science field trip


Multiple Schools

2015 Fall Mini Grants

Using funds raised from our PTO Membership Drive and the 2015 Run for The Schools this year we were able to award 16 Mini Grants totalling over $5,000.  Below is a complete list of items that will be used in by our teachers to enhance the learning experience in their classrooms for their students:

Reading Intervention Games
Books and CDs
Chair Pockets

Balance Bike
A-Z and Raz Kids Subscriptions


All About Me Books


East Woods
Utility Cart
TV Stand (partial approval of $250)


Middle School
Desks and Stools
Woodcock Johnson Form A
Work Station, Eliptical, Footbands, Balance Ball and Chair


High School
Photography Equipment
Resource English Field Trips


Multiple Schools
Ellsworth/East Woods - Balance Balls
All Elementary Schools - English Books

2015 Spring Grants - 19 grants totaling $19,000
This year we had 31 grant requests totaling over $65,000.  We wish we could have granted all of the items requested but our Grants Committe worked hard to narrow down the awards to the $19,000 available.  We are pleased that we were able to provide grants for every one of our schools and look forward to seeing the students enjoying using the items provided.  Here is a complete list of grants awarded by school:

Badminton and Tennis Equipment and Programs
Guided Reading Books
Book Boxes and Dry Erase Boards
A-Z Reading Subscription and Pocket Chart
8 x Wobble Chairs


Ellsworth Hills
Books and Games
Technology Equipment for PE and Music
2 x Chrome Books


East Woods
Contribution Towards Courtyard Project
Science Investigation Equipment
Red Cat Microphones

Hudson Middle School
16 x Microscopes
6 x Chrome Books for use in Modern Languages

Hudson High School
Tables and Chairs for "Starbooks" area
Biscuit Joiner
Art Display Boards



Fall 2014 PTO Mini-Grants Funds 14 grants totalling over $5,000
This fall Hudson PTO used funds from our Membership Drive and our Run For The Schools to offer HCSD staff grants for classroom items to enhance the curriculum.  This year we were able to fulfill 14 grants totaling over $5,000.  Every school in the District received at least one grant.  Below is a list of the items that will be in use in our schools very soon:

2014 PTO Fall Mini-Grant Award Purchases




Writers Workshop Mentor Texts
Book Bins and Seat Storage Pockets
LA Games and Activities
Ellsworth Hills
Leader In Me Binders
Fine Motor Skills Games and Activities
Razz Kids Subscription
Student Vocal Tools
Erase Steel Skin
East Woods
Readers Workshop Books
Recess Equipment
Bitstrips Software Licence
Middle School
Social Studies Books
High School
Skeleton Bones
Reading Books, Bookcase and Chairs

PTO Funds 25 grants for a total of $20,000 

After receiving 35 grant request totaling over $37,000, our PTO Grants Committee managed to narrow it down to 25 very deserving requests.  Although we always wish we could grant everything, we are thrilled to announce the items we were able to fund with our Annual Spring Grants.

2014 PTO Spring Special Grant Award Purchases


Smart Board
Gardening Tools
Book Boxes
Math Bins
Book Pouches
Sliders and Theater

Ellsworth Hill
4 Star Boards
Planners (2014-2015 School Year)
Recess Equipment
7 Habits Supplies
1 Xylophone

7 Habits Supplies

East Woods
Courtyard Repair Funds

Science Lab Items
Rush Hour Games
6 Chromebooks
Peace Poles (Courtyard project)

Skeleton (art class)
2 Balances
1 Microscope
Room Dividers



Using funds from our Membership drive and the PTO Run for the Schools we were able to fulfill 17 grant requests totaling over $5000.  Each school in the District received at least one grant.  Grants included books, technology items, PE equipment, educational games, and more.  See below for a detailed listing.

2013 PTO Fall Mini-Grant Award Purchases


PE Equipment
Math Place Value Items
Parent Toolkits
Puppets & Props
Book Boxes

Ellsworth Hill
Scootpad Licence
OT Items
Economic Books


East Woods
Digital Camera - Art Dept.
Chromebook - Music Dept.
Lunch Bins
ELL Grammar Cards
Childhood Issue Books

iReady Seats (computer based diagnostic tools)
Non-Fiction Books - Science Dept.

Frames, Cards and Banner - Student of the Month Program



The Hudson Parent Teacher Organization awarded 30 Special Grants totaling just over $18,000 spread over all 6 schools in the district.  Take a look at all of the incredible items that PTO will purchase and will be in use at our Hudson schools very soon.

2013 PTO Spring Special Grant Award Purchases


OT Supplies for Loan
Art Classroom Run
Phonemic Awareness Games
Book and Binder Holders
2 iDock 4 station wireless listening centers
Non-fiction booksets/Easi-Speak microphone
Place value math items
Pocket chart stand with paper pal
Online literacy resource & book bins

Ellsworth Hill
4 Hitachi Interactive Pens
Leader In Me Books
Orff Xylophones
4'x16' bulletin board
Ellison dies

Leader in Me Materials
Self-Regulation Materials
Long are staplers/date stampers

3 pulse Oximeters and non-contact Thermometer

East Woods
Health books for EW Library
Online writing resource/assistive notebooks
4 Samsung Chromebooks with software
12 Samsung Chromebooks

Geological Processes Models
25 presentation boards
3 LULU self-published books

5 Electronic Balances
Class set of entrepreneurial book
Air Compressor
Canon EOS Rebel Camera kit, bag, card, lens
Material for Hug Machine Therapy
Field Trip Sub pay and Bus Costs


In addition, through our Grants process several staff members were able to identify additional items that they have wanted to implement.  And because of their requests and with the help of HCSD Technology Coordinator Mike Schnellinger, HCSD will cover the cost of two of the Grant Requests.  HCSD will purchase a 2013-2014 Website License for IXL at Ellsworth Hill and Online Common Core Reading and Math support for East Woods available for use by all students at both schools. 



The Hudson Parent Teacher Organization has awarded more than $5,000 in Mini-Grants to the Hudson City Schools with funds raised by this year's Run for the Schools and Membership Drive.

"We are so grateful to the Hudson community for making our Run for the Schools and PTO membership drive such successful fundraisers," said Becky Hinkle, PTO grants advisor. "The amount of money raised this year allowed us to provide the schools with even more of the educational tools and materials they needed, as well as give some staff members the opportunity to try new things by purchasing items never before used in their classrooms."

2012 PTO Fall Mini-Grant Award Purchases

AnyBook Readers/Recorders
Attention posters, sheets with manual
Easi Speak microphones with stand

Ellsworth Hill
Attention/focus body skills posters
Fiction and non-fiction book sets
Lightweight portable standards for PE (net stands)

Digital Camera

East Woods
Barnes & Noble gift cards for Nook titles
Digital Camera
Life Vests
NEXUS 7 (8GB) tablet
Therapeutic pre-writing equipment

Hudson Middle School
Gods/Goddesses of Olympus Book Set
NEXUS 7 (8GB) tablet

Hudson High School
16GB iPad2 & iTunes gift card
Supplies for sensory room
Wireless keyboard/mouse & chargers