Gym show beamed to the front lines to keep J-E dad connected to home

"Teachers and some parents knew what I was doing, and they thought it was really cool," Cindy said. "They said they'd like to be part of something like that again."

They might just get the chance -- the Meilis hope to include John in this way when the spring concerts roll around.

What could easily be credited to modern technology, though, Cinday said the family owes to the community and school.

She and John both grew up in small towns, and when the opportunity came to permanently settle in one community, they chose Jordan-Elbridge for that reason.

"It was a small community with a good school district, and we wanted our kids to grow up in the same atmosphere that we did," she said.

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