Local students got a surprise last week when US Army Major Russ Bossard of Pella showed up at his daughter Erica’s 5th grade classroom. The students spent several weeks speaking with Bossard on the Skype video chat network and learning about Afghanistan as part of a reading unit focused on the book “Three Cups of Tea”. Bossard says it could be challenging getting kids to understand why there is such a cultural and political difference in that part of the world compared to home. Bossard’s wife, Sheila, says she also attended the Skype sessions has received supportive comments from other parents. Bossard is on leave from his 1st tour of duty in Afghanistan with the HHC 2nd Brigade.