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Richmond County Schools staff, parents honor Pillar

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ROSports Editor Kyle Pillar embraces Dr. Wendy Jordan after being presented with a monetary gift to help pay for his new hearing aids. ROSports Editor Kyle Pillar embraces Dr. Wendy Jordan after being presented with a monetary gift to help pay for his new hearing aids. Charlie Melvin - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Observer Sports Editor Kyle Pillar thought he was covering the unveiling of a new building at Richmond Senior High School on Thursday — but no such unveiling occurred. 


Instead, a host of parents and Richmond County Schools employees presented Pillar with $2,250 to help pay for his new hearing aids.

Pillar admitted on his Facebook page Aug. 31 that he was diagnosed five years ago with  severe-profound progressive hearing loss in both ears.

In that post, he thanked Student Services Director Dr. Wendy Jordan and audiologist Dr. Joy Houston for helping him get hearing aids.

Jordan presented the monetary gift on Thursday on behalf of the contributors, saying it was all through relationships, including the relationship Pillar has had with students not only covering sports, but also as a teacher. He is currently an English teacher at the Ninth Grade Academy.

“The culmination of the relationships is … how much we love you,” Jordan said.

As she presented the gift, Jordan broke down in tears, adding that it was a token of “how much we love you and love Jordyn (his wife, a former RCS teacher) and how much y’all mean to us and our community.”

“Thank you everybody, it means a lot,” Pillar said after embracing Jordan. “I’m a man of many words behind a keyboard, but tonight I’m just — thank you very much.”

Jordan said that, earlier in the day, she was short $20 of the fundraising goal of $2,200, but won that with a lottery ticket.

"That’s just how God works,” Jordan said.