Alvin Garcia Flores had no idea that Thursday's assembly at Gateway Elementary was all about him. It’s not often that the entire second grade class gets pulled out of class, but as Principal Terry Burton explains, it was for a very special occasion.
Flores was born without his right arm. His principal reached out to the student led Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit based at the University of Central Florida for help. Burton said the students there build 3D bionic arms and then give them away to children.
When Burton reached out to the organization, the student’s didn’t hesitate to build Flores an arm.
Thursday’s assembly was held to present Flores with his new, bionic right arm; something that he had no idea was going to happen.
"I was shocked," said Flores.
The Florida students that helped create his arm couldn’t fly to Nebraska for the delivery, so other arrangements were made.
Everyone knows that Flores is a huge Star Wars fan so volunteers from the 501st Legion, the national fan organization for Star Wars bad guys, were called in to help.
Darth Vader and his entourage arrived at Gateway Elementary with the delivery. Flores didn't know the box carried by Darth Vader had something for him until he was summoned by a dark force.
"Bring forth the one," Darth Vader announced.
Flores was presented with the arm, and put it on for the first time. His friends could hardly wait to see it. Flores was also tasked with giving Darth Vader a special tour of the school.
Student lined to hallways for a look at Flores, his new arm and of course, Darth Vader.
Flores’ mother, Leticia was there. She tells WOWT 6 News that the sight of her son being cheered on by his classmates brought a smile to her face.
"He knows that I love him the way that he is...and I always tell you, Papi. Don’t' ever let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do, you know, right?" said Leticia.
Last year the video of Robert Downey Junior delivering a similar hand went viral; Limitless Solutions is the group that teams up with those students.