A long legacy

Lewis begins 50th year with township


Jennie Leeper, News Editor

A very important member of Wayne Township is Mrs. Phyllis Lewis. Lewis is the Vice President of the MSD of Wayne Township school board and is celebrating her 50 years being an influencing Wayne Township figure.

Lewis was elected to the school board in July of 1968, back when the school board consisted of five members from three districts. Every four years, there are elections for the school board and Lewis has been reelected every four years since 1968.

Consistent reelection and respect gives Lewis a phenomenal reputation, and it is no wonder why she has been a vital member of Wayne Township for so long.

This year, Phyllis Lewis, along with the rest of Wayne Township, is celebrating her 50 years within the township. Her connection with Wayne originally began in 1966, “I became interested in early education for the children in Wayne Township, since there was no public kindergarten in our school district,” Lewis said.

With the assistance of caring Wayne parents, teachers and community, a Kindergarten Committee was formed. Consequently, Kindergarten was implemented the following year in 1967.

Not only has Lewis created committees and held positions on the school board of education, she also has accompanied the band as a nurse and health care provider since 1967, which she continues to do still. Some of Lewis’ early experiences with Wayne include volunteering to be a room mother, PTO member and officer.

“It is an honor and a privilege to continue to serve this community as a member of the school board of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township,” Lewis said.

Since 1966, Lewis has been making the change she wanted to see happen, and she isn’t stopping.