MSD Awards Edwards, Lear For Support

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From left to right: Sylvia Henderson, Stephanie Edwards - manager of milford walmart, Joe Lear, Sr., Phyllis Kohel, and barry fry,board member.
From left to right: Sylvia Henderson, Stephanie Edwards – manager of milford walmart, Joe Lear, Sr., Phyllis Kohel, and barry fry,board member.

This month Milford School District (MSD) honored Stephanie Edwards of Walmart and Joe Lear as they presented them with Blue Diamond Awards. Milford Superintendent Phyllis Kohel established the annual Blue Diamond Award three years ago to recognize one group and one individual in the Milford community that has demonstrated outstanding support for the Milford School District.

“The awards were created because we wanted to publicly recognize and thank the people and organizations within our community that continually support our district and our students,” commented Superintendent Kohel. “We can always say ‘Thank you’, but saying it on behave of and in front of all of the staff from MSD just makes it more meaningful for us and hopefully for the recipient.”

The group award was accepted by Stephanie Edwards representing Walmart. Over the course of several years Milford Walmart has partnered with the Milford School District in athletics, art programs and community outreach. Last year, in an effort to help homeless children in the Greater Milford area, Circle of Light Inc. and the Milford School District partnered with Walmart to supply bookbags and sleeping bags for 100 children.

“I was speechless, it was a huge honor personally and for our business,” commented Edwards describing her reaction to receiving the award. “Education is very important to us, many of our associates are attending or have children in the Milford School District and we want to support them and the community.”

Milford’s Joe Lear received the individual Blue Diamond Award this year from the Milford School District. Joe served as a volunteer with the high school band program for over 23 years.  Lear worked alongside Milford High School Band Director Jerry Thompson, helping him distribute music and answer questions so that Jerry could spend time with the students focusing on music.

“It was such an honor to receive the award, it was a wonderful recognition,” commented Lear. “I had a lot of fun during my service with Milford High School and I always felt I was providing a good service.”

This year Joe wrote a letter informing the district that he was going to retire and Superintendent Kohel saw “it was only fitting that we recognize him with a Blue Diamond Award for his many years of service.”

“We are so lucky to have the support of our parents, community members, and businesses, and being able to honor them in this modest way will never repay them for all that they have given to this district,” commented Kohel. “We want them and our entire community, to know that we truly appreciate their commitment and dedication to our schools and students.”