Sixth grade Panther team students at Forest Grove Middle School had the unique opportunity to welcome and honor a returning veteran, Captain Brandon Joseph Richard Gray, USAF. Captain Gray is the son of Rik Gray at Lincoln Park Academy and Pam Gray at Forest Grove Middle School. Captain Gray has just returned from a six-month tour in Afghanistan. He wanted to visit the school to thank staff and students for all of the cards, letters, and gifts that were sent to him and his troops during his deployment. Sixth grade Language Arts teacher Ilyssa Greene sponsored the outreach. Students have been thrilled to receive letters as well as several service coins from the soldiers in response to their efforts. The students have gone above and beyond to show their appreciation for military troops. Pictured is Captain Gray as he is a guest on the school’s morning news show.