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Monday June 7, 2010 at 9:02am Age: 9 yrs
Category: Intermediate


Mrs. Marcolina's fifth grade class had a special treat on Thursday, May 27, 2010.   Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Gibbons, Mrs. Memmelaar's nephew who recently returned to the United States after serving in Afghanistan stopped in for a surprise visit!!!

Since November, the students have written over 130 letters to Matt and his buddies.  This spring, with a lot of parent help, they sent twenty-one boxes of food items, toiletries, books, and supplies to him.

On Thursday, the class surprised Matt, too.  They presented him with a large scrapbook they have been making for him.  The book was designed by the 5RM students to give to Matt upon his return.  It shows him all the "behind the scenes" work the class did all year as they supported him and his fellow Marines.

It was so great to have Matt share lots of stories with the students about all he has been doing.  Each student thanked him for his service, and then shook the hand of our personal, special American Hero!