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Retired Lexington Two school counselor wins top honor

West Columbia, SC - A retired Lexington Two school counselor is being honored with one of the district’s most prestigious awards.

Diane Boulware, who worked as a counselor for 32 years -- 26 of them in Lexington Two -- will be inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society during a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the District Education Center. It will be held before the regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Board of Trustees.

“This is the greatest honor I could possibly imagine,” Boulware said. “God has blessed me so much, with wonderful people to work with, and educators who are so dedicated and child focused.”

Boulware split time between Springdale Elementary and BC Grammar No. 1 during her first four years in the district, with her final 22 years at Pineview Elementary. Prior to coming to Lexington Two, she worked as a counselor in Newberry County schools.

Among her many honors, Boulware was selected in 2005 as SC Elementary School Counselor of the Year and was Lexington Two Teacher of the Year in 2012. She retired from Pineview Elementary in 2013.

Today, Boulware is still serving the Lexington Two community, coordinating the after-school homework center and the annual free garage sale at her church, Mt. Hermon Lutheran. Boulware volunteers with the Nehemiah Project and serves on the School Improvement Council at Pineview Elementary.

“Serving the students and their families has been a team effort,” Boulware said. “I’ve been very fortunate to be part of an amazing team.”

The Heroes and Heroines Society was started in 1990 to recognize retired educators who dedicated their lives to service in the classroom, guidance or media center. Boulware is the 33rd honoree chosen by district employees as representing the “best of the best” in Lexington Two schools.

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