ENFIELD – A third grader in Enfield is battling cancer and his classmates are taking a unique approach helping him with his fight.
“So far he’s been out mostly the whole year,” one of Chandler’s classmates said. “He’s come in two or three times to meet us.”
Eight-year-old Chandler Grey is fighting a rare form of brain cancer and has been unable to attend school.
When he can’t make it, a large stuffed monkey steps in to take his place.
In his absence, students take turns carrying the monkey around and taking care of it.
“It kind of makes them feel like even though Chandler isn’t there, the monkey is there to keep his seat warm until he comes back,” Paula Carter, a third grade teacher at Enfield Station School, explained.
The students also write Chandler notes and draw pictures they send back to him in the monkey’s backpack.
“It really keeps him upbeat and happy and he asks about his friends at school, so it’s been a nice program,” a tutor, who helps Chandler keep up with school, said.
Students from the third grade class have also been fundraising for him at basketball games.
So far, they’ve raised more than $1,000.
“Chandler is a great kid. Chandler is inquisitive. He loves his friends” Carter told us. “He loves to find out information. It’s been hard for us not to have him. We’re all missing him.”