The Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE) recently recognized Larry Edmonds with the Volunteer Champion of the Year award.
The honor is a part of MCBRE’s Champions for Children program, which connects local businesses with schools. Edmonds worked closely with his local community to bridge business support for schools. He has also served as the PTSA President of Paint Branch High School, the Vice President of Legislation of MCCPTA, and as a member on the MCPS Parent Advisory Council. Edmonds was nominated for the award by a peer.
“This award stands out for me because of the many awards I have been honored, with this one speaks of my duty to pay it forward,” he explained.
While Edmonds’ contributions to the community speak loud, he believes his most valuable accomplishments involve his family.
“Of the many accomplishments I can think of the one that I am most proud of, is that I have assisted with my wife of 24 years in raising a beautiful, intelligent, caring and loving daughter. Lauryn will be graduating this year from Paint Branch HS in Burtonsville and will be attending Mount St. Mary’s University this fall as a freshman with a focus in Criminal Justice. Another accomplishment is that with my guidance and support many of her friends will also be graduating this year and pursuing an higher level education from a college or university,” he said.
Edmonds believes in and is most proud of the county’s efforts to provide equal and accessible opportunities to all students.
“Our diversity is one area that I admire most about our county, but pride in knowing that no matter what race, creed, religious or sexual preference you have, there is an opportunity to succeed which is what I am the most proud of,” he said, “I feel this is true because there are many like myself that are willing to give back to others of less fortune and lend a hand to others who may need it, that’s what makes Montgomery Country a wonderful place to live.”
The awards ceremony took place on April 21. The recipients of the MCPS Teacher of the Year, Rising Star Teacher of the Year, MCPS Supporting Services Employee of the Year, and the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision were also honored at the occasion.
Article by the MoCo Student Community Editor Emily Zhang of Richard Montgomery High School