Lt. Daniel Garcia speaks to the sixth graders who were his pen pals at Bloomington Middle School Wednesday. Garcia went straight to the middle school from the airport to meet all the children who wrote to him while he was serving in Iraq.

Lt. Daniel Garcia explains what his different patches mean to the students at Bloomington Middle School Wednesday. This patch glows when viewing it with night vision goggles so that soldiers can identify each other in the dark.

Jenna Martinez, 11, Jasmine Canchola, 12, Shawntelle Duenez, 12 look at money that Lt. Daniel Garcia brought back from Iraq to show the students at Bloomington Middle School. The students wrote to Garcia while he was serving overseas.

Moses Davis, 12, looks at a Sprite can with Arabic writing that Lt. Daniel Garcia brought back from Iraq to show his pen pals at Bloomington Middle School Wednesday.

The sixth graders created an American flag out of their fingerprints to give to Lt. Daniel Garcia. Garcia visited the school Wednesday to meet the children and speak to them about his experiences in the service which is when he was presented with this gift.