Soldier Surprises Student Pen Pals

A Military hero visits a 4th grade class and gives a life lesson to the students

He’s a hero to kids that have never even met him. Serving overseas in Afghanistan, a soldier and an Albuquerque 4th grade class were just pen pals. Ms. Chavez’s 4th grade class at OƱate Elementary decided to send a letter to a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. He wrote back. “We received a letter with pictures and they were just ecstatic,” said teacher Anissa Chavez.

Ms. Chavez and her 4th grade class then decided they were going to send care packages and even do a class lesson on the New Mexico Air National Guard. “They wanted to research his helicopter, his uniform, his military,” Chavez said. He became a friend they’d never met and a hero they wanted to become.

And then came the real life lesson. Fast forwarding to Career Day a couple months later, the kids were in for a big surprise. Chavez explained, “Once he put his name up there, they were overjoyed.” Among the gasps and euphoric clapping the kids all rushed up for a big hug with Lieutenant Colonel Scott Minas.

Back from his tour overseas, Lt. Col. Minas stopped by the class to tell them about his job as a helicopter pilot. He answered questions, showed off his gear and presented the class with a special plaque.

A relationship began from a class project that turned into something much bigger…A Life Lesson for all!