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Surprise: North Iowa mother serving overseas uses Skype to join kids' summer reading program

Mother serving overseas surprises kids during summer reading program.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 9:05 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 10:56 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Some Roosevelt Elementary first graders had a special reader as part of their summer 'Reading to the Rescue' program Wednesday morning.

First-grade students in Kim Fleming's class were treated to a Skype visit by Angelica Brager, a member of the 248th Aviation Support Battalion of the Iowa National Guard, who read "A is for America" by Tanya Lee Stone and Gerald Kelley.

Her daughter Mia and son Jayden say that they didn't expect their mom to be reading to them from overseas.

"I'm happy because we don't really get that many books anymore because she's in Iraq too, and they don't have the same reading thing as they have there right now where she is," Mia said.

"I'm just really happy that she's there right now just saving our country and doing all that stuff," Jayden said.

They're also thankful for the technology that helps them stay in touch with their Mom while she's overseas.

"If we didn't have electronics or stuff, we couldn't even see her right now," Jayden said.

"She wouldn't be able to read us books or any of that if we didn't have technology," Mia said.

Brager hopes to return home by the beginning of the next school year.

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