DALLAS TWP. — The love of music inspired former Dallas Elementary School music teacher Harold Hoover to tap into the natural curiosity of his students.
Dallas School District students and faculty will honor the late educator’s passion Friday, June 22 with a fundraiser called the Hoover Hike at the track behind the Dallas Middle School, 2000 Conyngham Ave.
The event will continue Hoover’s legacy of music education by raising money for the Harold Hoover Music Scholarship Fund.
“We just were thinking of ways that the students, faculty, staff, and community could do something to honor our beloved Mr. Hoover,” Regan Palfey, a third-grade teacher at Dallas Elementary School, said in an email. “We would like to give away an annual scholarship of $1,000.”
The Hoover Hike will be open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. Students and faculty can participate during the school day.
All attendees are asked to donate $1, which will go to the Harold Hoover Music Scholarship Fund.
Donors can mail checks made payable to the Harold Hoover Music Scholarship Fund to The Harold Hoover Music Scholarship Fund, Dallas Elementary School, 2000 Conyngham Ave., Dallas, PA 18612, Palfey said.
There are a variety of activities planned during the public portion of the event, Palfey said.
“There will be the actual walk around the track where we will be asking those participants to consider donating $1 a lap,” she said. “There will be a D.J. playing some of your favorite songs.”
Also, members of the band and chorus from each of the Dallas School District buildings will perform, Palfey said.
Refreshment stands, 50/50, a basket raffle, face-painting, artwork, a Henna stand, games for kids and more are planned, she said.
“Participants could order shirts for the event at https://hoover.itemorder.com/” Palfey’s email stated. “All proceeds go to the Harold Hoover Music Scholarship Fund.”
Hoover started his career as a music teacher at the former Westmoreland Elementary School on Lehigh Street in Shavertown.
He taught music for 35 years in the Dallas School District, before losing his battle with Stage Four Metastatic Melanoma at the Celtic Healthcare Hospice Inpatient Unit of Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 14.
Hoover is survived by his wife, Linda Maro Hoover; daughter, Elizabeth A. Hoover; son, Eric M. Hoover; parents, Harold M. and Myrtle A. Pascoe Hoover; sister, Donna Szczucki; nieces, Amanda Schirillo and her husband Tony; Sarah Szczucki and her finacé Matt; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.