A Traverse City marine who received 32 letters from complete strangers during her time in boot camp said those kind words and encouragement helped her push through the final phase of basic training: the crucible.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” said Adrianna Schaub, a Traverse City native. “I had no idea who they were… It really made me happy.”

Those motivational letters were all thanks to an off-chance meeting with Stevensville teacher Suzanne Miller, who attended an educators workshop earlier this year.

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