The Howells are a Woodrow Wilson institution. Over the past 22 years, Bradley Sue and husband Richard have tirelessly championed the historic East Dallas high school, spending countless hours not only attending school events, but working diligently behind the scenes to make sure those events happen.
“They’ve made Woodrow a better place by volunteering a tremendous amount of their time to the school,” says neighborhood resident Cathey Hundley, who’s two sons both graduated from Woodrow.
The Howells first became involved at Woodrow in 1975 when Mark, their oldest child, enrolled in the school. Mark was in the band, and the Howells initially made their presence felt as band boosters.
As Mark prepared to graduate in 1977, Bradley Sue noticed how difficult and time-consuming the scholarship application process was, and along with parent Miriam Hiser developed a scholarship program that, to this day, serves as a resource for Woodrow students and parents.
Howell daughters Celeste, ’81, and Jane, ’82 followed Mark to Woodrow. And as their daughters participated in more school activities, Richard and Bradley Sue became further entrenched.
In 1980, Richard became the volunteer accompanist for the Variations, Woodrow’s award-winning show choir.
“That was fun to me,” says Richard.
“That was my recreation.”
After a 17-year run with the Variations, he stepped down in May, attributing the move to fatigue and the need to devote time to other things.
Richard says he’ll probably return in March for the annual musical, and also be available for the graduation and baccalaureate exercises in May.
Bradley Sue’s growing involvement at Woodrow grew into a full-time job, literally, when she took over as the school’s librarian in 1981.
“I started Jane’s senior year, which was awful for her knowing her mom was at school,” says Bradley Sue, a longtime neighborhood resident who graduated from Woodrow in 1951.
“But when she found out I brought my purse to school, and she could ask for money, I became accepted.”
Bradley Sue goes a step beyond typical library duties. When she’s not handling new acquisitions or checking out books, Bradley Sue is running the video camera at choir performances, coordinating the awards assembly or arranging student participation in speech contests.
“Basically I’m probably considered nosy or interfering,” says Bradley Sue, who was a finalist for the Rotary Club of Dallas Outstanding Teacher Award for the 1996-97 school year.
“I just want things to be right and be the best they can for kids.”
“I like the kids here; I consider them my own. And I try to take care of them.”
News & Notes
Woodrow Wilson Dinner Theater: The Woodrow Wilson High School Choir Department will hold its annual Dinner Theater Oct. 15 at the high school, 100 S. Glasgow. Dinner will be served from 6-7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s performance is “American Bandstand.” The show will feature the school’s choir, the award-winning “Variations” show choir, theater arts classes and a guest performance by the J.L. Long Middle School “Expectations” show choir. The school’s band and orchestra will entertain during dinner and pre-show seating. Preferred seating will be given to those who purchase dinner tickets; $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Advance tickets are available from any choir member or by calling Jan Worrall at 214-827-0590.
Stonewall Jackson Carnival: The 58th Annual Stonewall Jackson Elementary Carnival, 5828 Mockingbird at Matilda, will take place Oct. 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call Spencer Coffey at 214-821-1888, Claire Hailey at 214-828-1366 or Laura Fairman at 214-826-3381.
Pep Rally: Woodrow Wilson High School will hold a community pep rally at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Wells Fargo Bank courtyard, 6301 Gaston. A parade begins at the school grounds at 6:30 p.m. and will travel down Swiss Avenue. The pep rally and parade are to rev up for Woodrow’s homecoming game against Samuell High School at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Forester Field.
Families’ Day Out At Old Fort Dallas: On Nov. 8, White Rock Montessori will host Frontier Fandango, an all-day event that will include music, food, games and crafts. Frontier Fandango will be held in the 19th-century town of Old Fort Dallas, 15 minutes south of Downtown. Proceeds go toward building a new school for White Rock Montessori. Among the features will be re-enactments of 19th-century life, cowboys performing rope tricks, strolling street musicians and much more. Food booths will serve barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and roasted corn, all provided by Daddy Jack’s Lobster and Chowder House. The day begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. To attend, take I-45 south to exit 268. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased from Ticket Connection at 972-278-2782, or from White Rock Montessori parents. For information, call Barbara Norris at 214-824-7508
Woodrow Grad Receives Scholarship: Recent Woodrow Wilson grad Amanda Mabry, currently a freshman at Texas A&M University, has been named a 1997 National Service Scholar and awarded a college scholarship of $500 by the Corporation for National Service in recognition of an outstanding community service record.
Southwest Securities Donates Computes: Southwest Securities, a Dallas-based investment banking firm, recently donated 10 personal computers to First Baptist Academy in Downtown Dallas.
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