Jacquie Wood’s music class at the MACC record a video for Cara Varela’s father Brian, who is deployed in Afghanistan.
Kindergartner Cara Varela’s father was not home for Christmas, and will not be home for Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get to see her.
Through a video made by her music teacher, Jacquie Wood, Cara’s father, Brian, will get to see her sing a song with her class made just for him.
Wood, music teacher at the Montague Area Childhood Center (MACC) and Oehrli Elementary, knows the pain of not seeing a family member over the holidays.
Last fall, Wood was telling her class at the MACC about her son, Ben, who is in the Army and currently deployed in Kuwait, when one of her students, Cara, raised her hand and said her father is also in the Army and in Afghanistan. Cara’s father would not be with her over Christmas, and told Wood and the class that sometimes she feels sad.
“I shared my sadness that my son will not be home as well,” Wood said. “The little ones seem to understand that that is hard.”
So Wood came up with the idea to send Cara’s father a video for Christmas. The kids were dressed for the holidays, with reindeer antlers and red noses singing their hearts out.
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