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”.