Gradeschoolers Get Email from Marine

Do you know someone serving in the Middle East? Plenty of people do. Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. WTOC found one class making sure the troops know just how much we miss them. Fifth graders at Coosa Elementary on Lady's Island are busy typing away, writing messages of support and love to their classmate Richard Carmichael's father, who is serving with a Marine wing support squadron in Kuwait.

"It makes me feel like they're behind him and supporting him," said Richard.

Last week, the class sent out nearly 20 messages to Chief Warrant Officer Richard Carmichael. And within a few days, they received their first reply, a message they had all been waiting for. And at the end of the email was a special message just for Richard.

"I felt good because I knew my dad was safe," said Richard.

Through email, these fifth graders are beginning to make a connection between the freedoms we enjoy and the sacrifices our troops are making.

"It's a tremendous learning experience…real-life situations," said teacher Ken Dickman.

"Actually listening to what he wrote and how he feels about doing all that stuff is pretty neat," added student Tyler Bibbins.

Richard Carmichael's mother talked to her husband yesterday. He shared the letters with his Marines, and they all enjoyed hearing from the kids.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey,