Elk Grove, CA, May 14, 2021 – Students and staff at John Ehrhardt Elementary were eager and excited to welcome back 2nd grader, Zachary R., to school on Wednesday, May 12. Zachary was diagnosed with B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL) in June 2020 and went into remission in October 2020.
Despite being in and out of the hospital for a total of 70 days, Zachary continued to excel in school during distance learning. “The Erhardt community has been a wonderful support for Zachary through all of this,” Zachary’s mother, Charlotte, says. “His teachers and classmates have been very supportive, bringing Zachary his school assignments and food. His favorite part of his hospital stay was having picnics on a gym mat.”
His mother adds, “Despite everything, Zachary has continued to stay positive, listening to his doctors and taking his medicine with a smile. He’s an incredible kid.”
As part of the celebration for Zachary’s return to school, Zachary’s family received a police escort from their home to Ehrhardt Elementary.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy.
Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity.
We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.