'Hiking For Kids' - For four months Fred Dole will hike the 2650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. The Clarkston Education Foundation invites you to pledge your dollars to honor Fred’s contributions to music education. All donations received will go to the Clarkston Education Foundation’s “Music Scholarship” endowment. Click Here to follow his journey!
Fred Dole completed over 1,000 miles on his Pacific Crest Trail "Hike for Kids". Due to an infection in his foot, he returned home in July 2007. He hopes to finish the remainder of California, Oregon and Washington over the next three years. In the Spring of 2008, Fred was named the new Artistic Director of the Lewiston Civic Theatre. Therefore, he will put off his hiking adventure this summer due to theatre commitments. CEF looks forward to helping Fred build the Music Fund so we can award a music scholarship to a CHS student.
Thanks to the generosity of Clarkston donors, we have established the Fred Dole Music Fund. These donors wished to start a fund honoring Fred Dole for his achievements as an educator, mentor and music/cultural innovator for Clarkston High School.
The Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF) is working to create an endowment to award music scholarships for students or grants to teachers/schools for music programs. To create this endowment, we need to raise $10,000. As of March 2008, the fund total is $6,000. If you are interested in contributing to the music and cultural education of students in Clarkston, please consider donating to this worthy fund.
Fred Dole directed the bands and choirs at Clarkston High School for 30 years. His bachelor’s degree was earned at Boise State University, and his Master’s is from the University of Idaho. He retired from active teaching in 2006.
Fred’s career was filled with great joy and pleasure. The time spent with kids making music is one of the greatest blessings ever received. At Clarkston High School Fred directed the bands throughout his tenure. For nine years he also taught general music in the district’s grade schools, and for 10 years he directed the middle school bands. For the past 11 years Fred has spent all his time at the high school directing both bands and choirs, including the concert and jazz programs, the championship “Pride of Clarkston” Marching Band, and the spring musicals.
Fred’s teaching time has been complemented by wonderful experiences shared with colleagues through the Washington Music Educators Association. Fred served twice as the president of the South Eastern Washington Music Educators region, served on the WIAA music committee, and served six terms on the WMEA state board, first as the
Eastern Washington representative, then as the Band Curriculum officer, and then East Vice President, and then President-Elect. Fred served as President of the WMEA for the 2002/04 biennium, and continued on the WMEA board as Past President.
In 2003 Fred was named the Washington State honoree of the “50 Directors Who Make A Difference," (one from each state.) In 2005 Fred was selected the Washington State “Music Educator of the Year” and in 2006 he was selected as the Northwest region’s “Music Educator of the Year,” (six N.W. states.)
Fred has found the combination of classroom work and association responsibilities and relationships an especially rewarding experience. In retirement Fred enjoys a very rich and wonderful family life. He continues to serve as guest conductor, clinician and
adjudicator throughout the region. Fred and his wife have four great children he enjoys very much. When not with his kids or serving music educators Fred can be found backpacking along the Pacific Crest Trail or camped in his woodshop.