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Back to School Present for Kids: Dad

CASTLE ROCK – On Wednesday the kids at Sage Canyon Elementary gathered together to open up a giant gift. Inside was a big surprise—the father of two of the students, an Air Force reservist, who has been deployed overseas for months.
 
Colton, a third-grader and OakLeigh, a first-grader at Sage Canyon, have been counting down the more than two-hundred days since their father, Lt. Col. Herb Rose, left for a mission in Qatar. They even created a giant paper chain; with a link for every day he would be gone.
 
Over the long months the kids only saw their dad on the Internet. In fact, it became a Sunday tradition in the family with Colton working out math problems with dad over on online video chat.
 
Lt. Col. Rose returned to Colorado on Wednesday and his first stop was Sage Canyon, where students gathered for a celebration. The students, however, thought they are finding out who the winner of a raffle is. Instead, it will be a big surprise for Colton, OakLeigh and their little sister Sophia.
 
Rose serves as a full time active duty reservist for Space Command based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. He is an Air Force Academy graduate, who plans on retiring this October.
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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