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Tech Sgt. John McCoy of Burnsville addresses students at Valley Crossing Community School in Woodbury April 8. The students had sent McCoy letters when he was stationed in Iraq. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Face to face with a U.S. soldier


Valley Crossing Community School second grade students welcomed home Tech Sgt. John McCoy from Iraq when he visited the Woodbury school April 8.

Beginning last October, the students sent letters and care packages to McCoy in Iraq during his deployment there with the U.S. Air Force.

McCoy spoke to classes about his experiences and expressed his greatest thanks for the gifts he had received.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.