That’s Our Lady of Guadalupe first-grader Seville Stoll – seeing her dad 6,000 miles away via Skype just before his long-distance participation in the school’s Veterans Day assembly today. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Stoll serves with the Army Corps of Engineers and is currently in Iraq. His wife Jen and OLG fourth-grader son Solden also were there for the long-distance reunion, as part of the family’s presentation during the assembly:
Students gathered for the assembly and prayer service heard Lt. Col. Stoll talk about why he serves and what it means to him; the online connection even enabled him to show them a slide presentation. Jen Stoll told the students about what it’s like to be a military family with a parent overseas. During the assembly and prayer service the middle-school choir sang the national anthem:
They also sang “Happy Birthday” to Seville, who turned 7 today. Also there, Lt. Col. Stoll’s parents Leonard and Sheila Stoll – both retired military, Air Force and Army respectively – shown with their grandson, holding photos of his dad:
OLG tells us the fourth graders led today’s gathering as part of the school’s stewardship tradition; they are working with the Veterans Administration and other organizations to support active-duty service personnel as well as veterans.