SCUGOG: Local resident and former teacher Audrey Lee recently received a very special surprise at her home at the Port Perry Villa, 100 birthday cards for her 100th birthday.
The initiative was started by R.H Cornish teacher Amy Killeen and her local children’s group 100 Kids Who Care, which is an extension of the community fundraising organization 100 Women Who Care Scugog.
The group, which was started last year, takes on a kindness initiative each month and decided in October that they were going to honour Mrs. Lee.
“The Villa was trying to get a hold of alumni who had Audrey as a teacher,” Mrs. Killeen said. “They called the school to see if they had a list of people that may want to send her a birthday card and we thought this would be a great initiative for 100 Kids Who Care to take on.”
The cards were hand delivered by Mrs. Killeen, her daughters and a couple teachers to Mrs. Lee on the day before her birthday, Friday, Nov. 20. Mrs. Killeen commented that it was great to see the joy on Mrs. Lee’s face when the cards were handed over.
“It was amazing. She was so touched and it was a pretty special moment for all of us,” she said.
Mrs. Lee told The Standard that she was shocked and grateful that these kids honoured her in this way.
“I didn’t think that they would take the time to honour an old lady like me, somebody they didn’t know and that makes it that much more precious.”
At her age, Mrs. Lee is still mentally sharp, as she shared stories with the students about her experiences over the course of her approximately 21-year teaching career.
“I taught for six years and got married and then we couldn’t teach after that,” she explained. “Then the war came along and they thought that maybe we could teach.” Mrs. Lee also added that she was about 18-years-old when she started teaching.
Mrs. Killeen said she was thrilled with the kind of support that the initiative got from the kids.
“It was amazing. The kids were really excited when we were able to show them some pictures of her teaching years, and then some current pictures of her,” she said. “For them to see somebody turning 100, it was really neat and to know she had taught at the school years ago, it was a great connection.”