Sharon Miles could not have a more fitting last name — she literally will walk miles to help someone else in need.
She proves it every year at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.
Miles has been the co-chairman for the Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy Relay for Life team for several years.
“(Fighting) cancer is very near and dear to my heart,” Miles said. “I have lost several family members to the disease to include my father, stepfather and sister.”
Miles has been a paraprofessional working for the school district for 12 years, eight of those at Mae Stevens. Principal Mary Derrick said Miles works with her lead teacher to create a positive classroom environment.
“Mrs. Miles does an outstanding job motivating and encouraging the students. Mrs. Miles’ positive, willing attitude can be seen all around the school, from the bus loop, to the cafeteria, to the playground and the halls,” Derrick said. “Mrs. Miles leads by example. She is always positive and willing to do what is best to meet the needs of the kids and school. Mrs. Miles is one of those people who has the knack for working with children. Her motto, no matter what the task may be, is ‘What can I do to help or make it better?’ I am always able to count on her support on the campus no matter what the task is.”
Miles has volunteered with local Girl Scout Troop No. 6120 for eight years, doing community service projects including making dog toys for the animals shelter, making breakfast for the new teacher orientation and making free little libraries for children to enjoy.
Miles has been a member of Women of the Moose since December 2015 when it was established at the Cove lodge. She has served as the community service chairman for over 24 months overseeing more than 70 volunteers in the area. She has chaired four events raising $1,165.
She has participated in over 26 events throughout her tenure including a bear-stuffing party for 100 Cove special education students two years consecutively, a barbecue for two members who lost or had sick family members, a shoe drive for children in need, a men’s head shaving for charity, and more.
Miles will receive the Academy of Friendship Degree, the first accomplishment as a member of the Women of the Moose. Individuals who earn the Academy of Friendship Degree receive a gold ring, which symbolizes the unity within the circle of friendship.