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Small school districts have big hearts

Sara Thompson
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneJean Pinotti, left, superintendent and principal of Latrobe School District, and Rusty Vardy, superintendent and principal of Indian Diggings School District, present Scott Hudson with money raised by both districts. Hudson and his family lost their home in the Angora fire, and he later was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
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The second- and third-smallest school districts in California teamed up to donate $5,300 to the Hudson family of South Lake Tahoe.

Scott Hudson is a physical education teacher at South Tahoe Middle School. He and his family lost their home in the Angora fire. Later, Hudson was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

“Your life’s cruising along at full speed, and it could happen to anyone,” said Jean Pinotti, superintendent and principal of Latrobe School District.

The donation was presented Wednesday at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s boardroom.

Other local fundraisers for the Hudson family still are under way. All schools in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, including the district office, are selling “TEAM HUDSON” wristbands for a minimum donation of $1.

The Hudson family thanked everyone for helping them.

“Thank both of you for doing this,” Scott Hudson said to the superintendents from the districts.

Alicia Hudson, 19, said she’s amazed and touched by the generosity.

The Latrobe and Indian Diggings school districts averaged $23 per student for the donation, Pinotti said.

Latrobe School District is located outside Sacramento in Shingle Springs, and Indian Diggings School District is located off Highway 88 in Somerset.

Pinotti said the districts worked together because of their small sizes. They thought they could do more together, she said.

“We are the mighty mice of school districts,” Pinotti said.

Rusty Vardy, superintendent and principal of Indian Diggings School District, said his district’s enrollment is 28 students, and Latrobe School District’s enrollment is 200 students. Both districts teach kindergarten through eighth grade.

After the Angora fire, many school districts adopted families that were fire victims to help out.

Vardy said his district was going to adopt Angora fire survivor Marie Meagher from the special services department at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. When he called her, she said her neighbor, Hudson, needed help more than she did.


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