A military surprise at Gill Elementary School

A school "sing-a-long" turned into a surprise for a student in Gill


GILL, MASS. (WWLP) – Gill Elementary School set the stage to surprise a fourth grader.

About 120 students took part in the schools “All School Sing” event. Students from kindergarten to sixth grade participated in the monthly sing-a-long Friday at Gill Elementary School, but this one was different from the others.

The students sang a few different songs, but when “This Land is our Land” began, fourth grade student, Keira Meattey was surprised by her brother who returned Friday from basic training in the marines.

“I didn’t know how she was going to react,” said brother of Keira, Kyle Meattey. “I knew she was going to cry,  but I didn’t know if she was going to be happy or mad because I didn’t tell her.

Keira’s father was the only one in the family who knew Kyle was coming home.

“It’s indescribable and hard to explain. It’s an honor for him to do what he’s doing an protecting our freedoms and she had no idea he was coming home,” said Keira and Kyle’s father, Herman Meattey.

The family arranged the surprise. They contacted the principal, who set it up.

“We’re a real close community and I can’t think of anything better than would show community like this,” said Conor Driscoll, Principal of Gill Elementary School.

Dad said they wanted to give Keira an early birthday present. Kyle had been gone for five months.

“Family always stays with you,” said Kyle Meattey. “It’s hard being away but its a great feeling coming home and seeing everybody.”

Kyle is a Private First Class in the Marines. He returns to training on Monday.

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