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Updated: 11/25/2013 10:50:18AM

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Looking and listening as Polk County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd speaks are (from left) Hazel Sellers, John Murphy (obscured), Lea Ann Thomas, Blanche Bryant and Ernie Cooper. Sellers is a member of the Polk County Public Schools board.Murphy is with the Bartow Community Healthcare Foundatione. Thomas is President of the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Bryant is also with the Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation. Cooper is and co-chairman of the Education Committee.


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The annual Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year Awards Breakfast, sponsored by the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce and Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation Inc., and held Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Bartow Civic Center, was emotional towards its conclusion, just before the presentation of certificates of appreciation to this year’s teachers and employees.

The emotional outpouring began with the telling of “Teddy and His Teacher” by Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd. It told of a fifth-grade teacher, identified as Mrs. Thompson, and a student of hers, Teddy Stoddard, who blossomed under her tutelage.

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