In 2006, the Mungo family and Lexington District One entered into a partnership. That year, the Mungo family created the Mary Meech Mungo Award given to the Lexington County School District One District Teacher of the Year.
This annual $1,000 award pays tribute to excellence in education and the dedicated teachers who provide their students with a quality education that prepares them for a successful future.
Mary Meech Mungo graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1947. Although she began her studies in engineering, she finished with a degree in education. Mungo was a dedicated elementary teacher in Richland County School District One for many years.
Not only did she give back to her community through teaching young people, she was also an advocate for those with mental illness and a member of the Alston Wilkes Society.
A lifelong member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, this dedicated wife, mother and teacher lost her battle with cancer in 1978.