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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Friday, September 30 2016 @ 12:56 AM EDT

A Village Formed At West Brook Middle School

A Village
It is often said that it “Takes A Village To Raise A Child” but it is more wondrous when the children of the village raise up one of their own. Here at West Brook Middle School, the 8th grade class along with the support of their 5th,6th, and 7th grade classmates, has come together to support their fellow student, Thomas Caruso, in his fight against Osteosarcoma.

In small ways at first, as Thomas came to school, students could be seen guiding him through the halls in his wheel chair as those around him adjusted to the news. Then, students were scrambling to do something for him of any nature, especially as their awareness grew. From carrying his books, bringing him homework assignments, making and delivering get well cards, and messages on Carepages.com, to shaving their heads, bake sales, creating homemade T-shirts and purchasing yellow and white “Caruso Is Kickin’ It “ wrist bands; students have taken the initiative to work together to create a support system for Thomas.

On 12/12/12, the West Brook community dressed in yellow and white to celebrate Thomas in a district wide event in his honor. As part of this tribute, West Brook students, grade level by grade level, had their pictures taken outside the school building which was decorated with yellow ribbons. Thomas arrived in time to see the group photos being taken and to join his 8th grade class mates for their photo. It was a wonderful conclusion - to have him home, at our West Brook “village”.

by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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