Salute the Legends 5k & Fun Run: 5/3
Mark your calendar and register online now
for the 3rd annual Salute the Legends 5K and Fun Run
! Set for Sunday, May 3, this year's run honors Mr. Cyril Palmer. Proceeds will be used to benefit Severn students with a portion being donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, in honor of Mr. Cyril Palmer. Mr. Palmer is a wonderful example of someone who gives generously to the community through his time and talent. Many thanks to race chair Mrs. Ellen Humphries Ponder
(Carrie '02 & Michelle '10) and her dedicated crew of volunteers!
by Denise Tray Rosson '78
This year the Admirals Parents' Association has chosen to honor Cyril Palmer as its Legend in the 5K Run slated for Sunday May 3. Mr. Palmer has been affiliated with Severn School since 1972 first as a subcontractor and then as the owner of CP Cleaning Services, a janitorial service that contracts with several area private schools.
A lifelong resident of Jones Station in Severna Park, Mr. Palmer can always be counted on for going the extra mile. He was the 2005 recipient of the Millard Unsung Hero Award, given by Severnís headmaster for quiet and exceptional service, support, dedication and commitment to the school.
Mr. Palmer personally oversees his employees to ensure that Severn School always looks its best and it's not unusual to see him with a broom or hammer making sure that the school campus meets his high standards of orderliness.
A strong proponent of education, he is one of eight children and the first in his family to receive a high school diploma and attend college. His mother was on the committee that procured the land and lobbied successfully for the construction of Jones Elementary School in 1959. One of his grandsons currently attends Jones. In addition to education, Mr. Palmer has a keen interest in other organizations that support and assist young people, especially the Boy and Girls Club of Annapolis.
Mr. Palmer has had a difficult year this year after contracting a MRSA infection during knee replacement surgery. Heís spent most of the year in a wheelchair or on crutches waiting for the life-threatening bacteria to be eliminated. In true Palmer style however, heís been seen on campus doing what he can to help the School. Recently he received news that the strong intravenous antibiotic that he has been on since last June has finally succeeded in eliminating the MRSA bacteria. He is scheduled to have his knee surgery April 13 and plans to be at the start of the 5K race on May 3.
"It's been a long year," Mr. Palmer said. "I am looking forward to being up and around again at full steam. Receiving this honor means so much to me. I am touched and humbled by it. My affiliation with Severn School has been a highlight in my life - not only in the professional sense but in my personal life. I have embraced so many people at the school as friends and I treasure them. The people at Severn are like my family."