Source: Greensboro News & Record

A student at Greensboro Day School wrote a letter and put it in a bottle to be cast away at sea. That was last year, and after more than 4,000 miles adrift in the ocean, the bottle found its way into the hands of a Moroccan fisherman, the Greensboro News & Record reports.

The student, Vivian Byerly, found out her bottle was discovered in Morocco. The fisherman’s nephew translated the letter and helped send a response to Vivian via email.

The bottled letter was part of a project in Vivian’s third grade class inspired by “Pirate Day,” the paper reports

“While we hoped to receive a response, we know the likelihood of it happening is slim,” the teacher, Susan Ferguson, said in a news release from Greensboro Day School. “I was shocked to open my email to find an email with photos.”

Read the full story from the Greensboro News & Record.