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Students Get Surprise from Soldiers

Students at West Platte High School send gifts to soldiers
(WESTON, Mo.) "When I saw my daddy on the TV, I was so surprised," said Madison Fields.

That's the same reaction students had at West Platte High School as they Skyped with soldiers in Afghanistan.

Captain Cody Fields wanted to give his crew members Santa hats for Christmas.

When his family back home heard about the idea, they got the school involved.

"Character, education and patriotism those are two primary focus' that we try and instill in our students," added Jerrod Wheeler, West Platte School District Superintendent.

Students collected nearly 200 hats and wrote letters for every soldier.

"Students just kept saying I wish we could jump in these boxes and go overseas and see there faces when they open this," said Tonja Kearns.

Lieutenant Tara Fields says she's happy students wanted to participate and spread holiday cheer.

"How this community reacts to things like this, they rally around their troops and they rally around their community. I could have sat down and personalized one-hundred and forty-four santa hats, but it wouldn't have had the value," said Tara Fields.

Fields was overwhelmed with joy when her kids saw their dad for the first time in months.

"I was so excited today that the kids would be able to see their dad. I wish we could just fast forward through the holidays because it is kind of rough," added Fields.

Especially for 4-year-old Madison Fields.

"I miss my dad so much and I want him to come back, but it's waiting for long for him to come back," said Madison Fields.

For now, she's happy to see her dad from afar and her little brother was pretty excited too.

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