A lasting legacy

Published 5:11 pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

That a plaque bearing his name will hang on the walls of Riverdale Elementary is a fitting tribute to Steve Edwards, who faithfully and selflessly gave of himself and his time over many years to the cause of childhood literacy.

Yet the true meaning of his legacy will forever be seen not just on the plaque’s inscription, but in the impression made on the lives of the countless children he impacted be simply taking the time to read to them.

There is an old line that states it takes a village to raise a child, and that is as true today as when those words were first uttered.

Yes, primary responsibility for raising a child falls to his or her parents or primary caregivers. But the impact made on each of us by a special teacher, coach, mentor, aunt or uncle, Sunday school or youth group leader and many others is undeniable.

And for as sure as we’ve printed these words on this page, we’re sure that when you finished reading that list a special person, one who positively influenced your upbringing, came to mind.

For many area children, Steve Edwards will come to mind for as long as they live.