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Urbana Middle School Teacher Gives Students Special Gift From Service Overseas

WCCU - Eighth grade science teacher Benjamin DiGiovanni serves as a crew chief in the Air National Guard based in Peoria.

Urbana Middle School students received a special gift from one of their teachers Friday during a faculty versus students dodgeball game.

Eighth grade science teacher Benjamin DiGiovanni serves as a crew chief in the Air National Guard based in Peoria.

He was deployed to the middle east in October and came back to teach at the middle school in March.

He presented an American flag and certificate to the faculty and students, and said the flag was flown in January aboard an aircraft during combat missions into Iraq.

"I just want the kids to know and respect the men and women that serve the country," DiGiovanni said. "Not necessarily just me, but any men and women who give their time or even more to sacrifice and go overseas because they leave behind a lot."

DiGiovanni has been serving in the Air National Guard for nine years.

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