Lois Male, who has been teaching at the co-operative preschool in Reston for 44 years, is retiring this spring.
The school is hoping to track down as many former students and their families as possible to share their memories at a goodbye party for their “Mrs. Male.”
Male was also a founder of the preschool. As a young mother of three, she joined with three other Reston moms to organize the school in 1970. In 1972, she started teaching there. Many of her original students have also sent their children to HWPS over the years.
“She has impacted so many children, parents, families, and friends over the years, and now it’s time for us to celebrate all she’s done for all of us,” event organizers said on an Evite for the celebration, which will take place on May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Education Center.
“The party will be open house style, so drop by to say hello, have some cake and wish Mrs. Male well in the future.”
Party organizers say:
Please bring a note for her with a statement like “My favorite memory of HWPS was…..” (don’t forget to include your name and years with HWPS) to include in a scrapbook we will assemble for her. Also, if you have any pictures you can send to us of Mrs. Male, we would love to see them and share them with her as well! Please send them to [email protected].
Please also spread the word about the party by sharing the link to this Evite to your former classmates and families that we may not be able to reach! We’d love to have as many people from our HWPS community come by as possible to show Mrs. Male how much she means to us all. Her impact on us all has been tremendous, join us by taking some time to honor her on May 21st!
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Allison Rankin at [email protected] or 571-350-9499.
Read more about Male and HWPS in this previous Reston Now story.
Photo: Lois Male and young students at Hunters Woods Preschool/file photo