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Local Soldier Pays Visit to Sparks Elementary, Expresses Gratitude for Letters

Local Soldier Pays Visit to Sparks Elementary, Expresses Gratitude for Letters
Posted on 12/19/2014
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Sparks Elementary students Daniel Rodriguez and Natalia Gamez stop to take a photo with Major Joshua Trigo. Trigo visited the school after receiving their letters.  

Local Soldier Pays Visit to Sparks Elementary, Expresses Gratitude for Letters

A simple gesture goes a long way – just ask Major Joshua Trigo, 2BCT, 101st airborne army division.

Stationed in Afghanistan back in May, Trigo was unable to witness the birth of his baby girl and missed his hometown.

Through the warm kindness of students and staff at Sparks Elementary, he felt a little closer to home.

Staff members Kim Gonzales, paraprofessional, and Colleen Hicks, the school’s nurse, organized a letter-writing campaign so students could express gratitude for his years of service. Faculty members also mailed care packages.

It was as if Christmas came early for Trigo.

“It was overwhelming,” Trigo said. “I was so surprised. I received a care package first and then all these letters from students. I read each one and they really put a smile on my face.”

On Thursday, Dec. 18, students got to put a face to the name. Trigo returned home for the holidays and paid a special surprise visit to students and staff to express gratitude for their letters of support.

“I was able to send them a flag and a couple of plaques in appreciation for their letters,” Trigo said. “When I returned to Houston for the holidays last night and I decided to stop by the school to thank all the students and staff. It was such an amazing feeling to see their eyes light up when they realized their letters were well received.”

Gonzales said the students were in disbelief that Trigo stopped by to say thanks.

“It was heartwarming to see the looks on the student’s faces,” she said. “He was really excited to come and went to each classroom to say thanks.”

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Sparks LettersPrincipal Sherri Means, paraprofessional Kim Gonzales, a friend of Major Joshua Trigo and the school’s nurse, Colleen Hicks.

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