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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Becky Smethurst, second from left, wife of 1st Sgt. Bryan Smethurst, is emotional as she learns she will be talking by computer with her husband in Afghanistan from Jordan Hills Elementary in West Jordan, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. At left is Jace Smethurst, son of Bryan and Becky. Second from right is Bryan's mother, Rowdy Bowcutt. At right is Marci Law, third-grade teacher and sister to Bryan.

WEST JORDAN — Students in Marci Law's third-grade class at Jordan Hills Elementary chatted with 1st Sgt. Bryan Smethurst via Skype from Afghanistan — and the soldier was pleasantly surprised when his wife, son and mother joined in.

Smethurst, Law's brother, previously had received letters from students in the class.