SURPRISE!  We love this video and are happy to share the recent goodness at Schalmont Central School in Rotterdam.

"It was a really sweet, touching moment for the family, and the kids in Mrs. Schiavo, Miss Shaffer, and Mrs. Melchior's classes will always remember," said Mrs. Melchior. -Schalmont Central School District

There's nothing like watching the pure joy on a kid's face when they're surprised by a military mom or dad home early from deployment.  It's just a thing of beauty.

The following video was posted by the Schalmont Central School District, and here's how they explained what you're about to watch.

Military Dad in Upstate NY Surprises Kids in Heartwarming Video

"The Donis family shared a special moment at Jefferson Elementary Tuesday when Master Sergeant Edvin Donis surprised his children after he had been away on a mission with the Air National Guard."

"Joined by his wife Grenda, who is a teacher's aide at the school, Master Sergeant Donis visited classrooms to surprise his three children who have not seen him for several weeks while he was on a mission to Antarctica and New Zealand."

It's not's Rotterdam!

Watch the kid's reaction when their father, Sergeant Edvin Donis, surprises them at school.  The kids hadn't seen him in weeks according to the school, and assuming that he was in either Antarctica or New Zealand, watch how elated they are to have dad home for Christmas.
Thank you to all of our military men and women out there, and thank you to the family-support systems that keep these kinds of families together. We appreciate you!

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The candy for the display was sourced by The Candy Space, located in the French Mountain Common Outlets and a sister company of The Queensbury. The Queensbury Hotel also partnered with the Upstate Modern Railroaders of South Glens Falls, who provided train sets for the display.
The Queensbury Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Glens Falls  It was built in 1926, it is a Historic Hotel of America and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Source: The Queensbury Hotel Press Release

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