In 1937 a young man by the name of Chester Boyd began teaching in Texas. By 1942 Boyd brought his talents to Lewisville ISD, where he worked until 1975 as the Lewisville High School Vocational Agriculture teacher.
Boyd spent a lot of time with his students, teaching them the things they needed to know to be successful in their agricultural pursuits, but also teaching them about life.
Perhaps that is why in 1992, nearly 20 years after Boyd’s retirement from teaching, a group of his former students – united by their fond memories and debt of gratitude to Boyd – formed the Chester Boyd Appreciation Day Committee, working with City of Lewisville leaders to have January 24, 1993, declared Chester Boyd Day by the city. The movement also birthed the Chester Boyd Honorary Scholarship, endowed through donations from friends and former students who wanted to continue Boyd’s legacy by supporting LISD graduates who are pursuing degrees in agriculture or related fields.
“Mr. Boyd dedicated many hours to his students, including personal time to conduct extended trips in the summer,” Marshall Durham explained in a 1992 memo to family, friends and former students of Boyd. “He taught many of us not only the skills related to agriculture but also the life skills to be caring and concerned individuals.” Durham, a man with an education legacy of his own, was part of Boyd’s agriculture program at LHS and then worked with Boyd as an educator in LISD. The impact Boyd made on Durham’s life was the catalyst for his work with the Chester Boyd Appreciation Day Committee and part of what led him to pursue his own career in education.
In addition to the declaration of Chester Boyd Appreciation Day and establishing the scholarship in Boyd’s honor, LISD honored Boyd’s contribution to education within the district by making him the namesake of the current LISD agriculture facility, the Chester Boyd Agriculture Center. The facility enables current LISD agriculture students to raise farm animals in spite of the suburban landscape across most of the district.
Boyd passed away in 2008, but his legacy lives on through the lives of the students he mentored, the barn named in his honor, and through the LEF scholarship that bears his name and continues to impact the educational journeys of LISD students pursuing agricultural studies.
In your educational journey, which teacher impacted you? Have you reached out to that teacher to let him know the impact he made? Have you considered cementing his legacy with a scholarship in his honor? LEF is proud to partner with you in the work of leaving a legacy.
LISD seniors interested in applying for this as well as all of the other scholarships administered by LEF should click here. Applications must be completed and submitted, along with all required references, no later than 4:30 pm on January 29, 2016.