WARRENSVILLE — A simple afternoon assembly in the gymnasium turned into the best surprise of all for a pair of Ashe County Middle School students.
The ACMS student body came to the gym at 2 p.m. for a special assembly to get all the kids geared up for a successful spring semester. An obstacle course was set up on the floor and pairs of siblings would attempt to walk through the course blindfolded with directions from a teacher.
For two of the siblings, the finish line had the best reward of all.
Richard Osborne Jr. and Victoria Osborne finished the course, and while they were still blindfolded, a surprise guest walked onto the floor. Their father, Richard Osborne Sr., just returned home with the North Carolina National Guard’s 1450th Transportation Company.
The two students took their blindfolds off and ran over to give dad a big hug while teachers, administrators and the rest of the student body cheered.
Ashe County Superintendent Todd Holden was in attendance as well and spoke about the importance of achieving success in the classroom and in life.
Staff Sgt. Osborne was gone for 11 months with nine of those spent on the ground in Iraq and in Kuwait. Osborne also has two other daughters, Kaydence and Lyla Osborne.
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