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Hudson Scholars Program Continues to Thrive During Pandemic

This summer, 57 rising sixth through ninth graders from the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are meeting up virtually with Hackley Upper School mentors as part of Hudson Scholars. The program provides enrichment for academically promising low-income middle school students. A team of passionate teachers and Hackley student mentors provide the younger students with academic instruction and the development of character, leadership and social/emotional skills.

Although the program cannot take place on Hackley’s Tarrytown campus this year, both groups of students are highly engaged and finding the experience to be enriching. The 53 mentors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend Hackley and volunteer their time during the summer. This is the fifth year that TUFSD students have participated in the program. 

“Even with the scholars and Hackley mentors working virtually, they are still creating bonds with each other,” said Program Director David Sykes. “Whether students are solving math problems, working on group projects or meeting up in small group sessions, Hudson Scholars provides the students with the educational materials to prevent summer slide in an enjoyable atmosphere.” 

All of the scholars take classes in math and ELA. Science, social studies and computer science are offered to different grade levels as are electives like art and drama. All of the students' needs for supplies and devices are met. Hackley gave each scholar a kit that contained the basic supplies for each academic and enrichment class before the program started on July 6, while TUFSD provided students with Chromebooks during distance learning that many students continue to utilize. Hackley also offered additional devices and hot spots when needed. 

The Hudson Scholars program is funded through Hackley School's operating budget, supported by generous donations from individuals and a matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation.