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The Sun News | 10/17/2004 | Life Story Teacher's lessons reached beyond North Myrtle Beach classrooms
Life Story Teacher's lessons reached beyond North Myrtle Beach classrooms
By Gina Black Story
The Sun News
Toni Pruitt Edge was an award-winning teacher with 28 years of service in North Myrtle Beach schools, but she taught more than math, history and language arts. She taught compassion, community involvement and the value of friendship.
Edge, 53, died Sept. 11, 2004, at home after a battle with cancer.
Horry County Schools "definitely lost an advocate for children, a true pioneer for children," said teacher and friend Melissa Spearman.
Edge had a degree in art from Winthrop College but had the heart of a teacher. After a short time teaching an underfunded art class, it was easy to talk her into getting her teaching certification.
Once certified, Edge taught in North Myrtle Beach schools, educating students and, years later, teaching their children.
Edge's students were foremost in her mind.
"Everything she did around her whole life she was thinking about her kids," said friend and fellow teacher Kim Phillips.
"She went beyond what she had to do always," Phillips said.
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