It was 42 years ago that Colin and Dianne Davidson bought the Mullumbimby Community Preschool to ensure there was a place where families and children were able to have fun, learn, and know they were safe and cared for.
However, in December 2017 Colin suffered a stroke, just two weeks before he marked 40 years of teaching, was unable to return to work and missed the chance to say a warm goodbye to students and families past and present.
On Saturday May 11 from 10am till 1pm, the school are having a reunion to say goodbye to Colin.
All past and present students, families, teachers, staff, and committee members are invited to come along, catch up, and tell old stories, said Dianne.
‘One of the things so many of the kids remember about Colin is the science and astronomy he shared with them,’ said Dianne.
‘We even had one family recently tell us that they still have a picture at home of a rocket that Colin drew for their son, and their son is about to turn 40,’ she said with a gentle laugh.
There will also be a ‘Walk down memory lane’ on display with photo albums to jog people’s memories of what fun they used to get up to.
A sausage sizzle will be run by the Mullumbimby-Brunswick Lions Club.
‘Come along and say hello,’ says Dianne. ‘This is a chance for the Mullumbimby community to come together and share our past.’
The preschool is located on the corner of Station and Fern Streets.