From Kuwait, soldier surprises his kids at PBG school’s father-child event

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Christian and Chloe Jacobs got to have a doughnut with their dad, who is stationed in Kuwait. (Photo courtesy of school)

When 8-year-old Christian Jacobs and 4-year-old Chloe Jacobs heard that Palm Beach Gardens Elementary was having a “Donuts for Dads” event, they didn’t want to go.

Their father, Army Sgt. Charlotte Jacobs, was far off in Kuwait, where he has been stationed since February.

“When Chloe got the invitation at school she was a little sad,” said their mother, Sylvia Alexander-Jacobs. “She said ‘My daddy’s not here.’”

But Sylvia convinced her children to go anyway. And on Wednesday morning, surrounded by hundreds of other students and parents, they got a surprise: their father beaming in from Kuwait over a cell phone.

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Christian and Chloe Jacobs got to have a doughnut with their dad, who is stationed in Kuwait.

The children speak regularly with their father on their mother’s iPhone. But the wifi service is spotty at his base in Kuwait, and they weren’t expecting to see him that morning.

He wasn’t just there on the video, either. He had managed to get hold of a doughnut — and ate along with them.

“They got all excited,” their mother said. “We didn’t know if it would happen because of his wifi.”

Principal Maria Caracuzzo called it the highlight of the event, in which 400 children and parents participated.

It was part of a series of events countywide for the school district’s “Dads, take your kids to school” event.

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