Dedication of new Howe Field entrance & fireworks are homecoming highlights
There’ll be added excitement at this year’s Hamburg High School homecoming on Friday, Oct. 14, with the dedication of the new entrance to Howe Field and fireworks at half-time of the football game. A ribbon-cutting at the conclusion of the homecoming parade, at approximately 5:30 p.m., will celebrate the contributions of the Hamburg Bulldogs Booster Club to the entranceway upgrade.
The school district and Booster Club worked hand-in-hand to bring the project to completion ahead of schedule. The entranceway improvements include a newly-paved walkway that passes through a columnade with new signage and ticket booths. The improvements were donated by the Booster Club, which benefits school athletics through fundraising. In-kind support was provided by the district's buildings and grounds crew.
At the ceremony, an honorary “first ticket” mounted on a keepsake brick paver will be presented to Keith Fisher, President of the Hamburg Alumni Foundation, President of The Fisher Group and a Hamburg alumnus, for his support of the schools.
“Everything we do in education is a partnership,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Cornell. “The collaborative efforts of the Booster Club, school staff and contractors, and a generous donation from Keith Fisher, have resulted in this great showpiece for the community.”
There was a clear-cut need for this project, said Shawn Wright, Booster Club President.
“When the Booster Club asked for ideas to pursue, a new entry just kept coming up,” Mr. Wright said. “It had been tossed around for years and we decided it was time to see if it could be done.”
The Howe entranceway will continue to evolve as commemorative brick pavers are added to the walkway in coming years. These pavers will be installed annually, starting next year. Information on purchasing a paver is available at www.bulldogsbooster.com/pavers-at-howe.
The homecoming parade, with a board games theme, leaves from Union Pleasant Elementary School at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 and heads to Howe Field via Hawkins Ave., Highland Ave., Division St. and Legion Dr.
“The “Paw vs. the Claw” athletic rivalry takes the field with the Bulldogs vs. Frontier football game at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site.
Also new this year is the Bulldog Dash, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the High School, sponsored by the Booster Club. The homecoming dance is from 7-10 p.m. that night at the High School.
Highlights of Spirit Week at the High School include bubble soccer at 7 p.m., followed by a bonfire, on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Howe Field. Homecoming activities are sponsored by Student Government.
-- Oct. 7, 2016