Some GOOD NEWS: Soldier mom returns home early, surprises daughter at Spanaway school

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SPANAWAY, Wash. — April Fools’ Day is full of pranks. This isn’t one of them.

A student at Liberty Middle School in Spanaway thought she was being interviewed for a video about classroom technology. She had no idea that a big surprise was waiting for her just on the other side of the door.

Bethel Schools shared the video with Q13 News on Friday.

The interviewer asks Navaeh if she has any spring break plans.

“My mom is getting back … on Tuesday, so I’m going to hang out with her,” Navaeh says.

The interviewer goes on to say, “Have you ever seen the videos where the soldier comes home and surprises the kid at school?”

“Yeah,” she replied.

“Do you want to be in one right now?”


“Turn around.”

That’s when 2nd Lt. Cherie Thompson returned a few days early from  seven months of training in Texas.

“Welcome home, and thank you for your service!” Bethel Schools wrote in the video’s caption.

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