Dave Howard has been active in volunteerism ever since coming to Newark in 1983, much of it for Newark Central School District and St. Michael’s Church.
Superintendent Matt Cook said Howard’s volunteerism has been nothing short of extraordinary before presenting him with the 2017 Friend of Education Award at a recent afternoon assembly with NSCD staff in the Newark High School Auditorium.
The award is given annually to an individual, organization or business that goes the extra mile to support Newark education.
Howard served on the board of education for four terms, 10 years as president.
He announced NCSD varsity football games for many years, and served as a Newark TV announcer for varsity boys soccer and varsity boys basketball. He assisted varsity baseball boosters with its annual circus fundraiser.
Howard served as Odyssey of the Mind coach. He oversaw and built sets for musicals and dramas for many years at Newark Middle School and NHS.
He and his wife, Julie, have hosted Young Americans in their home during its Newark tours. They co-chaired Operation Graduation, and Howard was involved with it for many years even before his oldest daughter, Emily, was in high school.
For many years, Howard organized and worked at a weekly bingo night at St. Michael’s Church. He served as a lector and member of the church’s activities committee. He and his family work at the St. Michael’s Festival each year.
Howard, who is an environmental services manager at del Lago Resort in Waterloo, said he was thrilled to receive the Friend of Education Award. He was quick to give credit to his wife and family.
“It’s been a group effort involving all of my family,’’ he said.
Howard said he and his family’s volunteerism has been a way of supporting NSCD staff and giving back for all their efforts to provide Newark students with an education.
“You are our most important commodity and resource,’’ he said. “I have three wonderful children who came through Newark schools. Parents can’t do it alone without your help.’’
Julie Howard works as a library clerk at Newark Public Library. Emily Howard, an attorney, works for Thomson Reuters in Rochester as an editor, updating books lawyers use. She also directs, produces and choreographs NHS and NMS musicals and the NHS fall dramatic production. Olivia Howard is a dance teacher at a public school in Brooklyn, and Grant Howard is a junior at Walsh University, where he is majoring in physical education and plays college lacrosse.