A Texas school teacher went the extra mile for a special-need student when she gave him a piggyback ride so he could cross the finish line during a race at the school.
Nine-year-old Lance Dromgoole underwent a facial surgery and was told by doctors not to participate in any physical activity during Horn Elementary School’s field day in Bellaire, Texas.
Just days before the school event, the third-grader underwent a five-hour surgery for Treacher Collins syndrome — a condition affecting facial development, which typically causes underdeveloped facial bones. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Lance Dromgoole celebrated a special school field day thanks to his third-grade teacher, Tiffany Thorn.
Willie Dromgoole, the boy’s grandfather, said after the operation that Lance wasn’t supposed to even go to the field day event, where students play games and have races, however he asked to go and see his friends. Dromgoole said:
He enjoys school, he really does. ThatΓÇÖs where most of his friends are.
While Lance was allowed to go, he could not take part in any of the events. So to keep the boy involved in the fun, his third-grade teacher, Tiffany Thorn, asked Lance to be her “coach”. Thorn told KTRK in Houston:
On some of the events, he was my coach. He helped me pass out materials, helped me cheer on his classmates.
But for the balloon race, the teacher had another idea. She asked Lance if he wanted a piggyback ride. She told KTRK:
It was the balloon pop, I put him on my back and we ran down, popped the balloon. Had a little bit of trouble, but we popped it and then ran back and celebrated.
2. The teacher went the extra mile for the student when she gave him a lift so that he could cross the finish line during the balloon race.
The grandfather said Lance was excited about the race long after it was all over. He said:
He was in hog heaven.
Kathy Dromgoole, the boy’s grandmother and also a teacher at Horn Elementary, was thankful Thorn went the extra mile for Lance. She told KTRK:
He was smiling and giggling, and he had his hands in the air crossing the finish line. He had a great time.
When Ms. Thorn did this, it was so uplifting. She’s special. She went so above the call of duty.
3. One teacher went above and beyond to make sure one of her students crossed the finish line at Field Day — a KTRK report.
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