Sometimes the best lessons are the ones we learn from kids like Oliver Ciparelli.
The 4-year-old from Bethel suffers from Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, a genetic disorder that targets white matter in the brain.
While his body is busy fighting the disease, Oliver is more worried about fighting villains.
"Oliver is a super lover of superheroes,” said Denise Musser, Director of Student Activities at Bethel High School.
Oliver has grown up with Bethel High. His father, Chris, is a social studies teacher and track coach, often bringing his son, super hero cape and all, to meets. It’s that bond that sparked the idea for “Superhero Day,” where staff and students across all five Bethel schools dress up like some of their favorites.
"He always wears this blue cape with a red 'O,' so we thought it would be cool if we could wear royal blue shirts like him," said Robert Bornn, a senior at Bethel High.
Bethel High School Principal Christopher Troetti said the school has embraced the motto "Make Each Moment Count," the slogan for all those playing on Oliver’s Team.
"We have had many events in honor of Oliver,” Troetti said. "They are just a loving family, wonderful people and we pride ourselves on supporting our community members."
He says today’s super salute is just one more say they can celebrate their real hero.