A 10-year-old was moved to tears when she saw her brother for the first time in seven months. The surprise reunion took place at Harloe Elementary School in Arroyo Grande, Calif. In a news report from KSBY, the girl,  Cheyanna Prelesnik was seated at her desk a few days before her summer vacation was about to begin. When she turned around, her brother Brandon Prelesnik, 22, was there with open arms. The two shared an emotional embrace and Cheyanna’s class applauded. Brandon is a U.S. Marine. He had just returned to visit family after serving in Japan and Korea.

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Brandon said the surprise was actually Cheyanna’s idea. “She wrote me a letter saying she wanted me to surprise her at school, and she gave me her room number, her teacher's name,” explained Sgt. Prelesnik. “I didn't think I would be home in time because her last day of school is tomorrow, but it so happened to be that I come and surprise her and make her dream come true.”


According to KSBY, Brandon said the last time he really spent time with Cheyanna was when she was when she was smaller and “in a car seat.”

Cheyanna said she was excited to have him home. “I’m just going to say that I am so happy for my brother to be home. It was amazing. I missed him.”  

Watch KSBY coverage of the reunion below.