Irene Hamrick, 82, center, receives a kiss from her daughter Marcia Bruna, right, who flew in from Illinois to surprise her mother Wednesday when Hamrick received a lifetime achievement award from the Southwest Florida Early Learning Coalition. Hamerick opened the first prekindergarten school in Bonita Springs and has been teaching for 53 years.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Daily News

Irene Hamrick, 82, center, receives a kiss from her daughter Marcia Bruna, right, who flew in from Illinois to surprise her mother Wednesday when Hamrick received a lifetime achievement award from the Southwest Florida Early Learning Coalition. Hamerick opened the first prekindergarten school in Bonita Springs and has been teaching for 53 years.

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