ST. PAUL, Minn.—A beloved kindergarten teacher, who spent years pouring her soul into her students, received the surprise of a lifetime recently when she was reunited with a student she hadn't seen in almost 30 years!
“They made me feel loved and I loved them,” Lorly Schik said of her students.
The retired teacher taught kindergarten for more than 40 years, but when she saw one of her former students' faces on television, she recognized him instantly.
"When I first saw him, I could hardly believe it," she said. “I remember him as a little dark-haired cute kid.”
Schik taught in the Perham school district for years, living in the area until she turned 90, but then moved to an assisted living facility in Twin Cities to be closer to family.
The student she recognized without hesitation was Cory Hepola, a reporter for KARE 11 Sunrise in Minnesota. When Schik saw him on TV she knew immediately that she had to contact his parents.
"I just had to tell them how proud I am," she said.
"Hi Diane & Terry. It is with a great deal of pride that I am now watching my former Kindergarten student telecast the news on KARE 11. I can still picture him as a small dark haired child in his K-desk! I am also wondering if you can view that station in Perham??...
"Greet Cory. Tell him his K-teacher is now 90 years old, enjoys seeing his newscast, and wishes him (and you, too) the VERY BEST!
Hepola responded to her note in no time with a surprising request.
"I just had to tell Mrs. Schik how much her note meant to me," Hepola said. "And, really, how much she meant to me."
You won't be able to hold back the tears when you see their joyful reunion!
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