Senior Airman Matt Houck Thanks Mt. Bethel Elementary Students For Their Letters of Support


For the past several school years, Mt. Bethel Elementary has participated in the Big Thank You letter writing campaign, encouraging students to pen personal letters of support to American servicemen and women. Mt. Bethel kids wrote more than 800 hand-written letters for the campaign, conducted annually by WWWQ radio program The Bert Show. This spring, first grade teacher Heather Mullins received a special email in response to one of her students’ letters. Mrs. Mullins tells the story in her own words:

“I received an email from Senior Airman Matt Houck, who received a letter from one of my first graders last year while he was stationed at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy. He expressed how much this letter meant to him and how he had kept it in a page protector with him for over a year and a half. He was in the process of transferring to another Air Force base in the US and was in town and asked if he could come and thank Jeremy [who wrote him] and the other students. We worked it out and he was able to visit our classroom and meet Jeremy in person! He expressed his gratitude and thanked all of the students for their amazing letters and let them know how much it meant to each of the soldiers overseas. He then stayed and answered all the students’ questions. The kids were so excited to meet a real soldier – they created cards and pictures for SrA Houck during indoor recess that day. At the end of his visit, he got down on the students’ level and individually thanked each of my students by name. This was a very touching and amazing experience for all of the students and teachers. We are so thankful for each of our servicemen and women and feel honored he took time out of his busy schedule to visit and personally thank the students.”

View a gallery of images from SrA Houck’s surprise visit to Mrs. Mullins’ classroom: