This school year, students at Vaughan Elementary School have been sending letters of support to soldiers overseas. On April 22, 2008, a group of Marines conducted a mission to say thank you, personally visiting the school via high-tech aircraft.
Two helicopters from Dobbins AFB in Marietta descended on the school, filled with US Marine Corps members who have been receiving letters from Vaughan students while serving overseas.
Vaughan students, staff and guest stood near the school play area to watch the Cobra helicopter and Huey helicopter land on the green space.
The group of Marines greeted the students and spent time answering questions about their war experiences, daily life as a soldier serving in other countries and the helicopters.
Students had the opportunity to see the helicopters up close and have the functions explained by the Marines who operate them. Following the landing, the soldiers stayed to eat lunch with the Vaughan second graders before flying back to Dobbins Air Force Base. The visit from these servicemen helped these students understand the real impact their letters of support have for members of the armed forces.