In the heart of Bay St. Louis, a small coastal town with a rich history, one man has dedicated his life to making a positive impact on the lives of children and the community.
- by Anne Pitre
Myron’s commitment to education is not only evident in his professional career but also in his tireless efforts to uplift and support children beyond the confines of the classroom.
Myron’s journey in education took him from being a coach and teacher to the role of a principal and school administrator at North Bay Elementary School. His passion for fostering positive change did not wane with retirement. Instead, it evolved into a new chapter of community service. In 2016, Myron Labat was honored as the Citizen of the Year by the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, a testament to his unwavering dedication to the betterment of society.
A cornerstone of Myron’s post-retirement volunteer work is with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that provides support and advocacy for children in the foster care system. Serving as the Board President of CASA of South Mississippi, Myron Labat channels his experience as an educator to address the critical needs of young people facing the challenges of an unstable home life. He understands the profound impact that a stable, supportive environment can have on a child’s development, and through CASA, he actively works to make a difference in their lives.
Beyond CASA, Myron’s engagement with the Bay Rollers Cycling Club reflects his commitment to promoting health and exercise. Through this cycling club, Myron has organized numerous trips and spearheaded efforts to donate hundreds of bicycles to children at their annual giveaway, further solidifying his dedication to the well-being of the youth in his community.
The Labat family, with roots tracing back to the 1850s, has been a cornerstone of Bay St. Louis, contributing to the area’s growth and development as entrepreneurs, contractors, small business owners, and master tradesmen. Myron’s great grandfather, Joseph Labat, was the general contractor in building the St. Rose Church, rectory, and convent. After St. Rose de Lima became its own independent parish, the Labat family joined and have remained members for generations.
Myron Labat’s volunteer work is not just a commitment; it’s a way of giving back to the community that has shaped him. His advocacy for CASA, leadership in the Bay Rollers Cycling Club, and active involvement in various community initiatives underscore his belief that positive change starts at the grassroots level. For those who cannot commit to being an advocate or sponsor, Myron encourages participation in the Anchor program, where individuals can make a monthly pledge to support the organization’s noble cause.
In the tapestry of Bay St. Louis, Myron Labat’s lifelong dedication to education, community service, and the well-being of children has woven a vibrant thread that continues to inspire and uplift those around him. His story serves as a reminder that true citizenship is defined not only by professional achievements but by the lasting impact one leaves on the lives of others.
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