LIFE

Newscaster Reunites With Kindergarten Teacher 30 Years Later

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

It had been 30 years ago, but Lorly Schik remembered him clearly. The 90-year-old spent much of her life as a kindergarten teacher.

She began her career in the 1940s so that she could make a difference in children’s lives. And without a doubt, she did that.

Each and every one of her students left an impression on her, including one named Cory Hepola. A year after he moved onto first grade, Lorly retired and eventually moved away to be closer to her grandchildren. Imagine her shock when she turned on the news to see that little Cory had become a polished newscaster. She wrote his parents a letter and Cory agreed to meet  he hadn’t forgotten about her either.

Watch as Cory goes to meet Lorly and uncovers a treasure trove of memories, including a letter his mother wrote to Lorly. Cory is in tears as he recounts the kind words about his favorite teacher…

One day Lorly was watching the news and she saw him  a former student named Cory Hepola. Though he looked different, older, she knew it was him.

“When I first saw him, I could hardly believe it,” said Lorly Schik. “I can still picture him as a small dark-haired child in his K-desk!” Lorly decided to send Cory a card with the only address she ever had of his: his parents. She told him, “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.” She offered her email address and phone number. Cory got the message and agreed to meet.

When he got there he didn’t expect that Lorly had a pile of old photos and letters, including one from his very own mother. The letter read:

“Dear Mrs. Schik

I just had to thank you for making Cory’s first year in school a wonderful experience. He enjoyed every minute and had tears on the last day when he realized he wouldn’t go back to you next year. You’ve made a positive impression on Cory’s life and many others and you should be very proud of your teaching skills.

Have a good summer, Diane Hepola.”

See more of this touching reunion in the video below!

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