Like many teachers, Lorly Schik had a desire to make a real change in the budding lives of her students. This passion is what led her to a long and prosperous career as an elementary school teacher. This was in the 1940s, and over the years, she touched the lives of each and every one of her students with her kindness, compassion, and the kind of caring personality that is only found in the greatest of educators.
For nearly four decades, Mrs. Schik impacted the lives of hundreds of local students. Upon retirement in 1989, her memory was flooded with the faces, smiles - and sometimes tears - of every person who had the privilege of entering her classroom.
After years of serving the growing minds of the Perham school district in Minnesota, she and her husband were preparing for their golden years of retirement when disaster struck. While they were getting ready to travel cross-country, Mr. Schik passed away. Suddenly, she was left with a life much different than what was originally planned. Facing her new reality, Mrs. Schik made the decision to move out of the home she and her husband built and into a senior independent living community.
As time passed, Mrs. Schik maintained the loving and caring outlook that touched the lives of so many of her students. One day, while watching the local news channel, KARE 11 Sunrise in St. Paul, Minnesota, a familiar - yet older - face crossed her TV screen. Within a moment, the history of her life came flooding back. As Mrs. Schik states, "When I first saw him, I could hardly believe it..."
H/T: USA TODAY