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MASSENA - A child’s first day of school is a milestone often documented through photographs and videos for the family to look back on, but seldom is that moment shared with the nation.

For Nathan Lashomb of Massena, his stepdaughter Rilee Flanagan’s first day of school will be shared with the world as a clip of she and her brother departing for school will air on America’s Funniest Home Videos at 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

Mr. Lashomb said while his clip will be played on the show, he and his family weren’t invited to the taping and won’t be competing for the evening’s $10,000 grand prize. He said it’s still cool to have a video he made featured on one of his favorite TV shows.

“I’ve been watching my whole life. From Bob Saget to Daisy Fuentes and Tom Bergeron, we watch it every week as a family,” he said. “It’s a family ritual.”

After hearing that the clip, which also features his stepson, Brenden Flanagan, would be featured on the show, he and his wife, Tori Lashomb, debated whether to surprise the children and let them see it for the first time on TV or tell them, giving them the opportunity to tell their friends and teachers they were going to be on TV.

Ultimately, Mr. Lashomb said the elected to tell them.

“They’ve told all their friends and they’re pretty excited,” he said, adding that he and his family will be watching the show with some friends Sunday evening.

When asked if he initially expected the clip to make it on TV, Mr. Lashomb said that he didn’t although his wife recalled him joking at the time that it would probably make the show.

“Honestly, I didn’t think they would use it,” he said. “I actually joked with Tori (his wife) that they would probably use it because it was so bad.”

And after five years of waiting to see the clip on television, Mr. Lashomb said he had actually forgotten that he sent a video to the show.

Mr. Lashomb said his memory was triggered after speaking with a producer of the show who had called to tell him his video would be on.

“They described the clip and then I remembered,” he said. “It’s a clip from 2008 when my first daughter Rilee was going to school for her first day of kindergarten.”

Describing the video, which will air at some point during the hour-long show, Mr. Lashomb said, “Her and her brother Brenden were getting on the bus and then as the bus pulls away I turn the camera to myself and celebrate them going to school.”

Mr. Lashomb did say that he would like to clarify that the video was intended as a joke.

“As much as I did celebrate when the kids got on the bus, I celebrated when they came back home,” he said. “My intent was to make a funny video and apparently it worked.”

While Mr. Lashomb may not be in the running for the show’s $10,000 prize for the evening, he did say he will be receiving an America’s Funniest Home Videos T-shirt.

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