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Soldier surprises kids at school with early homecoming

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Posted at 10:31 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 11:26:07-05

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Nine-year-old Deavah Hall says she wasn't expecting to see her dad on the last day of school before winter break.

But as she and her classmates worked on holiday crafts, she saw him walk into her Elkhorn Elementary classroom.

"I ran to him because I was super surprised," she said.

Her dad, Dennis Hall, has been away from home since June, training to become an avionic mechanic in the Army National Guard. He's home for a two week break before he returns to complete his training in at the end of March.

Dennis Hall's son had a similar reaction to his suprise homecoming when he entered his second grade classroom at the elementary school, jumping into his dad's arms.

Hall said he plans to make the most of his time home with his family.

"You can do Facetime but it's still not the same as being able to be there and talk to them, hug them and go outside and play with them," Dennis Hall said.

His wife Sharee says the family has been shocked by the positive support received since the videos were posted online.

"Just seeing people say, "Oh my gosh thank you for your service," or "Merry Christmas, I love you all and I don't even know you all. I'm crying with you." It just, it means a lot and you just want everyone to know we're all human here," Sharee Hall said.