by Maddy Holman
Hudson Preschool Parents announced earlier this year the organization’s intent to raise money for construction of a dedicated Safety Town in conjunction with its 50th anniversary. Now, Amy Andrews, previous HPP president and current advisor to the Kiwanis Safety Town project said community support is needed to make the proposal a reality.
“I would love to say to everyone who has raised a preschooler or was a member of Hudson preschool parents in the past 50 years, if you are interested in donating to this project, please do so. You will help to support the future generations of kids that will get to use this playground,” she said. “Donations are ultimately for all the kids that get to use this space and learn in this space. That is who we’re hoping that you’re thinking about that when you’re making a donation.”
HPP, founded in 1973, aims to enrich the lives of preschool children through education, socialization, activities and community service. Safety Town, Andrews said, teaches incoming kindergarteners essential safety lessons in a fun and interactive way. Children learn road safety, safe playground equipment usage, stranger danger and bus procedures through games, songs and play.
The proposed Kiwanis Safety Town plan includes Hudson-themed buildings and shops, roadways and crosswalks, street and traffic signs, and working traffic signals. The permanent safety village is set to be built adjacent to the existing playground at McDowell Early Learning School.
Andrews said that while HPP “appreciates all of the support we have already been given,” the volunteer organization is having some difficulty in fundraising, primarily with getting their message out. She added that the board is currently soliciting local businesses, community organizations and past and current HPP members for financial support.
A map of the concept plan can be viewed at hudsonpreschoolparents.org. There is a also a spec house located outside of the Hudson City Schools administrative offices so those interested in the project can see a tangible example of the buildings.
To learn more about the Hudson Preschool Parents or how to give to the 50th Anniversary Fund, visit hudsonpreschoolparents.org. ∞