Staff, students and alumni of Children's Garden Montessori School will celebrate the retirement of founder, Kathy Kehl, on Oct. 6.
Kehl started Children's Garden in 1979 with the goal of helping children discover "the joy of learning."
She was inspired by the Montessori philosophy, developed in 1897 by doctor and teacher Maria Montessori. It emphasizes creativity and spontaneity in a child's education.
In June, Kehl sold the school to Phoenix Children's Academy. She stayed on through September to help ease the transition.
Her retirement party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Children's Garden, 2440 Garlick Blvd., Richland.
For more information or to volunteer, call 375-1638.