All through this school year, students in Pam Pressley’s first grade classroom at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce have been writing letters to the uncle of one of their fellow students who has been deployed in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy. Joshua Shepherd, whose nephew Hunter is in the class, surprised Hunter and his classmates recently, as they did not expect Joshua to return until next month. Hunter’s face lit up with just the sight of a recognizable tie as part of Joshua’s uniform. Television and newspaper media were there to capture the exhilirating moment.