Second-Grader Honors His Grandfather

When second-grader Antonio Cole had a chance to dress up as a superhero, he chose his grandfather - a doctor at Carney Hospital.
The story below was written by Anastasia Lennon and appeared in the Patriot Ledger. 

When second-grader Antonio Cole found out he had to dress up as a superhero for school spirit week, he hatched a plan with his grandmother, Bonnie.

His grandfather, Gary Cole, is an emergency medicine physician at Carney Hospital in Dorchester, which was recently designated a hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. When Cole arrived home after a long shift, Antonio asked to borrow one of his stethoscopes and a mask for a “surprise.”

Antonio is a student at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Kingston, where they routinely do dress-up days, said Cole.

Monday, March 23 was superhero day, and in a Facebook post, the school encouraged students to remember the nurses, doctors and other essential personnel, such as grocery store workers, for this special day. Antonio chose his grandfather.

“I had an idea that was going on... but I expected to find him in his Spiderman outfit,” Cole, 60, said. “So I was pleasantly surprised and it touched my heart that he understands what’s going on in the world and that of all superheros he could choose to be, he chose me.”
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