2 local students get special surprise visit at school

December 19, 2014 - 15:08
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Homewood District 153 shared a special moment in its online newsletter published Friday, Dec. 19:

"Christmas came early for Keira (4th-grade) and Kyle (6th-grade) Brockington when mom, Crystal, surprised them in their classrooms on December 16. Ms. Brockington who serves in the U.S. Navy, has been stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, since June. Her kids didn't know she had been granted a two-week leave," according to the district publication.

Opinion: Good deed becomes charity mishap

December 18, 2014 - 10:12
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Bobby Maszak just wanted to do a good deed for a relative, but a simple online request for a Christmas tree donation went in directions he probably didn't anticipate, and the result might be a cautionary tale for us all.

Maszak posted a message on a local Facebook group Friday, Dec. 12, asking if anyone had a spare Christmas tree. He planned to give it to a Homewood family with three children. The family is struggling financially, and the father told Maszak he didn't think they could afford a tree this year.

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