Third-grader Caulen Tharpe joins fellow Newbern Elementary School cancer survivors for a photo on his first day back to school. From left, NES Principal and lymphoma survivor Betty Jackson, NES third-grader and anaplastic large cell lymphoma survivor Caulen Tharpe, and NES school secretary and breast cancer survivor Sue Wakefield.
Newbern Elementary School third-grader Caulen Tharpe enjoyed a hero's welcome on his first day back to school. In a moving tribute, students lined the walls of each of the school hallways to cheer on the 7-year-old who so valiantly fought a rare form of cancer over the past nine months. Now cancer-free, Caulen returned to school on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Students, faculty and staff wore baseball hats and green T-shirts (for lymphoma awareness) on 'Caulen Tharpe Day', with student-made posters lining the school walls and classmates cheering as Caulen entered the school. Here, an emotional Caulen enters the fourth-grade hall with NES Principal Betty Jackson, left, and his third-grade teacher Lauren Hinz, right.
Third-grader Caulen Tharpe returned to Newbern Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to a hero's welcome.
The NES family had much to be thankful for when Caulen returned to school cancer-free after a nine-month battle against anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a very rare form of cancer. And, like any family, NES students, faculty and staff showed the 7-year-old just how thankful they were to have him home.
"All the classes made signs that greeted him from the parking lot throughout the school," said NES Principal Betty Jackson. "We asked that everyone wear green for lymphoma awareness."
Many of the NES staff wore T-shirts created when Jackson, herself, battled lymphoma. Students and faculty also donned hats so Caulen would feel at home with his own ball cap.
Newbern Elementary School principal Betty Jackson holds the phone as third-grader Caulen Tharpe leads NES students in the Pledge of Allegiance over the intercom system. In honor of Caulen Tharpe Day, the 7-year-old was honored with a special homecoming on his first day back from school after battling a rare form or lymphoma.
Caulen Tharpe poses with his third-grade classmates as students recognize 'Caulen Tharpe Day' on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Students, faculty and staff donned green T-shirts for lymphoma awareness, baseball hats and big smiles for their beloved classmate who has been fighting a nine-month battle against anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a very rare form of cancer. The now cancer-free Caulen enjoyed a special celebration on his first day back to school.
Jackson announced over the intercom that it was Caulen Tharpe Day, telling the survivor how proud his teachers, classmates and friends are of his fight against cancer.
Caulen then led the school in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.
"After the announcement, all classes lined the hallways and we walked as they cheered him on," said Jackson. "It was so moving."