Special Salute for District Father

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A special gathering took place at Meadowbrook Elementary School on November 8, when United States Air Force Sgt. Thomas Hartley returned home after four months of deployment surprising his two daughters.

Fourth-grade and kindergarten students assembled in the building’s All-Purpose Room to create thank you messages as part of a Veteran’s Day lesson. Hartley’s daughters fourth-grader Averie and kindergartener Alyssa, were among them.

While teachers were instructing the students on the next part of the activity, Hartley entered the APR to the shock of Averie and Alyssa. In the background, the school band played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” 

After a tearful and excited greeting between Hartley and his daughters, school principal Kelly Di Scalfani-O’Brien presented the family with a certificate of commendation from the students at Meadowbrook and the entire district. This return home marks the sergeant’s retirement after 21 years of service.

The entire district thanks and salutes Sgt. Hartley and his family for his service to our country!