On December 16, 2016, a group of U.S. Marines paid a visit for the holidays to the school in the town of Zimnitsa, near Yambol. The Marines are part of the Platinum Lion 2017 multinational training at Novo Selo Training Area, along with soldiers from Bulgaria, Moldova, Albania, Ukraine and Romania. The kids were very excited and sang several songs for the visitors. The Marines distributed books to the kids and told a story. Thanks to a donation from the U.S. Embassy, the team also brought as gifts a number of soccer balls, basketballs, and mini soccer balls for handball. After the story hour, they played sports with the students.