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I'll be home for Christmas

Soldier surprises mom at school

Posted: December 19, 2013 - 9:17pm
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COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO  Austin Kotch surprises his mother, Leah Kotch, at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School in Conway Thursday at the school's montly character assembly. Austin Kotch has been stationed overseas and will get to spend Christmas with his family.
COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO Austin Kotch surprises his mother, Leah Kotch, at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School in Conway Thursday at the school's montly character assembly. Austin Kotch has been stationed overseas and will get to spend Christmas with his family.

Carolyn Lewis Elementary School in Conway pulled a fast one on third-grade teacher Leah Kotch Thursday when she was surprised by her son, a member of the U.S. Air Force who has been stationed overseas.

Austin Kotch, an explosive ordnance disposal technician for the U.S. Air Force, has been in Lakenheath, England for seven months and will get to spend Christmas and New Years with his family.

The school held a monthly Character Assembly focusing on heroes Thursday.

At the assemblies, students and teachers are recognized for showing good character, awards are given, and sometimes there is a special presentation.

Leah Kotch was standing along the auditorium’s wall supervising the students as they watched a presentation from firefighters when the men introduced the next “hero,” Kotch’s son.

Austin Kotch walked from behind the auditorium’s stage to surprise his mother.

Leah Kotch called it “the best Christmas present ever,” and told her son he didn’t have to get her anything else for Christmas, “just you.”

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236, or on Twitter @Courtneyism. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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