Stephen Spillman, Associated Press
Kelsey Bowen, 11, leans on her father, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Bowen of the Army National Guard 142nd Arkansas Field Artillery, after he surprised her by popping out of a box Wednesday at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in West Amarillo, Texas. His wife, Belinda, a teacher at the school, planned the surprise for the pair's daughters with the help of other teachers. Charles Bowen was not due home from Iraq until March.

Kelsey Bowen, 11, leans on her father, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Bowen of the Army National Guard 142nd Arkansas Field Artillery, after he surprised her by popping out of a box Wednesday at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in West Amarillo, Texas. His wife, Belinda, a teacher at the school, planned the surprise for the pair's daughters with the help of other teachers. Charles Bowen was not due home from Iraq until March.