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October 20, 2013
  • Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner surprises son Joseph at the Gregg Anderson Academy's assembly in Palmdale.
Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner surprises son Joseph at the Gregg Anderson… (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles…)

Re “I miss you, daddy,” Oct. 17

Kudos to Jennifer Taylor, the kindergarten teacher in Palmdale, for knowing that teaching is more than robotically adhering to the California K-12 standards.

I don't think assembling a care package for a classmate's father on deployment fits into either this year's standards or next year's — but showing kids how to be caring, supportive members of society certainly needs to be part of what goes on in school.

Walton Kabler
Granada Hills

A note of thanks to Times staff writer Stephen Ceasar. His article about 6-year-old Joseph Bonner brought back memories. My father, returning from a 14-month commitment in Vietnam, surprised me by showing up at my fifth-grade football practice.

I do not tear up very often these days, but I did after reading this story and seeing the photos. Thank you for touching my heart.

Keith Higginbotham
Los Angeles

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