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Kindergarten Teacher Receives Flag From Afghanistan

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On national teacher appreciation day, students may say thank you, but one kindergarten teacher gets an example of how powerful a teacher's actions can really be.

The assembly started like most, except that a kindergarten teacher had no idea that she was in for a surprise.

Kindergarten, first grade and fifth grade students all gather in the gym, for what Mrs. Towne thought had something to do with National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Mrs. Towne realized it was for her when she saw her family.

Then Ed and Brenda Kraft had a special delivery.

"Our grandson Donnie went to school here last year, while he was dad was deployed in Afghanistan." says Ed Kraft.

During that time, Mrs. Towne's class sent care packages and letters overseas, and helped little Donnie adjust.

"Every time I see her I want to give her a big hug because she was so special to our family." says Brenda Kraft.

Donnie Jr. only went to Northridge for around 5 months, proving how long-lasting a teacher's influence can be.

"You are such a blessing to the children and you teach and to the parents, we are forever grateful, we love you Mrs. Towne, this is for you, this is a flag that flew over Afghanistan that day." says Brenda Kraft.

"I remembered all the military who had sacrificed their lives and their family and not seeing their family when they go over... and I just felt so proud, so proud with this flag, I will always be honored." says Gail Towne, Kindergarten teacher.

A real lesson in teacher appreciation.

"I am beyond words, America, truly no greater place on earth... Thank you!" says Mrs. Towne.

Here's another testament to Mrs. Towne's teaching.

Little Donnie is now in North Carolina with his mom and dad, and just got awards in his new school for highest math achievement, and Spanish and reading achievements.

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