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Random Acts of Kindness: Russom Elementary third grade class
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DALLAS, Ga. -- Monday's Random Act of Kindness is for a very special group of children who understand the true meaning of friendship.

Thomas Mills just completed the third grade. He has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

His mother describes her son's class as "the best third grade class that there is."

"The children who embrace my son in this class are amazing," she said. "They draw him pictures. They hug him, they kiss him. They wipe his nose, they wipe his mouth. They really show the most love I've ever seen."

Thomas' classmates even made him a special Star Wars-themed book, where every student got a designated page.

"They always draw pictures ... to send home of them pushing him," his mother said. "He's another kid in their eyes. They don't see special needs -- they see Thomas."

The little boy's mother called the 11Alive Help Desk to deliver a surprise to these caring children. The Help Desk provided Thomas' class with a big end-of-the-year party: pizza, ice cream and balloons. They also gave Thomas a special hat to make him part of the 11Alive team.

The Help Desk thought Thomas' teacher, Karen Curtiss, deserved recognition for making her classroom a nurturing place for every student. Ms. Curtiss received a $100 gift card to spend on herself.

"I couldn't ask for a better place to send my son where I don't have to worry about him at all," Thomas' mother said. "I'm blessed with the perfect third grade class that loves my child dearly."

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