GARDENGROVE, California. – Two students from Garden Grove got a big surprise when their military mother arrived at their school.
US Army Reservist Dely Labunog served in Kuwait and Iraq for over a year. She came home two weeks early and wanted to give her children a big surprise.
She attended her son Julian’s school in Bell Intermediate and dressed up as the school’s Roadrunner mascot. During Julian’s math class, his teacher brought in the mascot and had him teach the mascot math. During his math class, his mother removed the head of the mascot and revealed herself.
Dely next visited her daughter Elizah at Enders Elementary School. Her first grade teacher told the class that a special visitor from the military was visiting. Dely walked into the classroom and surprised her daughter who ran up to her and hugged her.
“It was hard being away from them for over a year, but I would look forward to our happy times when we could talk on the phone. Now I’m home and in my happy place,” Dely said in a statement from Garden Grove. Unified School District.
The school district said her husband was working with the school principals to coordinate the surprise.
Dely has been employed for 12 years.