Sixth-grade social studies students at Ballard County Middle School in Kentucky know what time it is in Afghanistan and what the weather is like there on a given day, thanks to an online connection with a soldier stationed there, reports the New York Times. The students have become acquainted with the country though Aaron Connor, a Ballard Memorial High School graduate now serving near Ghazni City, Afghanistan, with the Illinois National Guard. Connor answers the students' questions through a blog. Ashley Bodell, a teacher at the middle school who graduated with Connor in 2001, arranged the correspondence between him and


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