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June 03, 2021 | Press Releases

Steube Recognizes Arcadia Resident Richard Bowers, Jr. as June FL-17 MVP for Devoted Career in Education

ARCADIA, FLA. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) recognized veteran and educator, Richard Bowers, Jr., as the June FL-17 MVP.

“After serving our country in the military, Richard returned home to serve our community for over 40 years as an educator, coach, mentor and Dean of Students,” Steube said. “Because of his devotion, our students have had incredible opportunities to pursue their futures at school, through athletic programs, and now with the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys and Girls Club.”

Bowers devoted his 43-year career in education to helping children and teens across DeSoto County. During his tenure, he worked as a teacher, coach and later the Dean of Students at DeSoto High School.

Though Bowers retired from teaching in 1998, his dedication to the community did not stop there. After spending the first 8 years of his retirement as a mentor and tutor for the DeSoto County Education Foundation, he cofounded and chaired the Smith-Brown Community Foundation to begin the process of restoring the Smith-Brown Recreation Center.

Due to Bowers’ successful fundraising efforts and hours of hard work, his initiative led to the opening of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys and Girls Club in 2018.

Steube presented Bowers with a certificate and flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.

Each month, Steube and his team recognize an MVP from the 17th Congressional District who has made outstanding and unique contributions to the community. The purpose of this award is to recognize the unsung heroes across the District as they display extraordinary dedication to make a difference. To thank them for their work, MVPs are presented with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol and are publicly recognized in Steube’s weekly newsletter.

To submit deserving nominees, constituents are encouraged to visit Steube.House.Gov/FL17MVP.