A School Sets the Stage for Life Changes

Scott and Cathy Kohanek visited StoryCorps in New York City.

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It's Magic: Scott and Cathy Kohanek were married in the cafeteria of Kenwood Elementary School in Minneapolis on Dec. 29, 1990. The Kohanek Family hide caption

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It's Magic:  Scott and Cathy Kohanek were married in the cafeteria of Kenwood Elementary School

It's Magic: Scott and Cathy Kohanek were married in the cafeteria of Kenwood Elementary School in Minneapolis on Dec. 29, 1990.

The Kohanek Family

Scott and Cathy Kohanek first met while working at Kenwood Elementary in Minnesota. The couple can still recall the details of their early conversations, when he was a longtime custodian and she was a teacher who had plenty of questions for a man she saw as a "wayward boy."

Those conversations stretched longer and longer, and both Scott and Cathy realized their lives were changing: affection was growing, and Scott was taking on new challenges at the local college.

After Scott became a second-grade teacher at Kenwood, the two decided they should get married. And the conversation about where they should hold the ceremony was not a long one.

"Well, of course we're gonna get married at the school," Cathy says. "We got married in the lunchroom," says Scott. "We served milk and cookies."

Cathy and Scott Kohanek, now in their early 50s, remain teachers at Kenwood, where memories of how their marriage began — and where they were wed — are never far away.

Each Friday, Morning Edition airs a story from StoryCorps, the oral history project traveling the country to collect stories and memories from everyday Americans. Copies of the interviews are also archived at the Library of Congress.

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