Students give back to Houghton High School paraprofessional in unique way

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Some students are giving back to a Houghton High School paraprofessional in unique way.

Michael Datto works in the high school and helps students in any way possible, including his "superfan" status for all the Houghton sports teams, even while facing challenges of his own.

A Facebook post by Houghton High School said, "Mr. Datto was born with Cerebral Palsy and has endured many surgeries and treatments to gain the mobility he has today. Most people with canes use them as a balance check to give them more stability. Mr. Datto uses his cane as a walking aid and often has to lean on it with all his weight."

The post said Datto has even snapped some canes in the past.

The students Datto has supported working as a paraprofessional in the Grade 9-10 Resource Room wanted to find a way to support him. One former student who plays hockey, Brad Gauthier, came up with a way to help. Gauthier, along with his teammate, Brendan Erickson, contacted others in the community and school system to get Datto canes made out of hockey sticks. The material they are made of is strong, lightweight, and flexible.

“Mr. Datto helped me so much, in so many ways, I just wanted to find a way to make his life a little easier," Gauthier was quoted as saying in the post.

The goal is to have three new canes for Datto ready by June 7.

Check out the original Houghton High School Facebook post embedded below.

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