Dan Hoey earns Ray Holmes Memorial Award

Dan Hoey Receives the Ray Holmes Memorial Award from AuSable Valley Athletic Director Kurt Munson.

Dan Hoey Receives the Ray Holmes Memorial Award from AuSable Valley Athletic Director Kurt Munson. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Au Sable Forks Elementary School physical educator Dan Hoey knew something was up.

“I see that all the important people with the suits on are here, so I knew there was something going on,” he said.

What was going on at the beginning of the Au Sable Forks Elementary School Awards program was that Hoey was being presented with the 2012-13 Ray Holmes Memorial Award of excellence, enthusiasm and commitment to the field of physical education — an award which he was nominated to by one of the suits in question.

“His devotion to his students both in school and after led one of his former student athletes to write a letter to the award committee explaining why he is deserving of this honor,” AuSable Valley Athletic Director Kurt Munson said. “That athlete is now the Superintendent of Schools here, Mr. Paul Savage.”

“Kurt had mentioned that he would be an excellent choice,” Savage said. “I gladly offered a letter to the selection committee because of what he has brought to our school and community for many years. I had him my junior year as a football coach and I have been able to know him as a coach, friend and colleague. He puts his heart and soul into the job and the kids love him.”

“Coach helped me become more successful at AuSable Valley, and I will always be grateful for that,” Munson said.

Hoey said that he has always seen the children that he works with in school not as students but as his children.

“There is no experience they have that I have not had myself,” Hoey said. “When I see them later in life, I always tell them that they have gotten tall and I am not just talking about their height. I get the chance to watch these kids grow and become the kind of adults that lead in the community.”

Hoey said that it was hard to describe how he felt about receiving the award and about the school he worked for.

“It is very hard to put into words and try to explain how I feel about being in AVCS,” Hoey said. “This has always felt like home. It has never felt like a job.”

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