It was Daddy Doughnut Day at Langston Hughes School on Wednesday, and Jaida Hammond thought her father wouldn’t be there.
He was on his way home for leave from Iraq.
Or so she thought.
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Eric Hammond surprised his daughter — and members of her first-grade class — just before school let out.
He was met with a hug, a few tears and a leftover doughnut.
“I was glad to be able to include the kids in it because they’ve sent me packages during the time that I’ve been gone,” Hammond said. “To include the kids along with Jaida was a great feeling.”
Hammond, who is on a 15-day leave, is scheduled to conclude his tour in October.
And before those 15 days are up, Jaida has one thing she wants to do with her dad.
“Play tennis with him,” she said.