Three cheers for Reidsville Senior High School.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 10, 2019

Navigating the first day of high school can be a tough task.

All the tougher when you find yourself dining alone in the school cafeteria. One North Carolina student, Caleb Wrenn, knows all too well what that's like after he spent his first day of high school this August eating alone at Reidsville Senior High School in Reidsville, North Carolina, about an hour-and-fifteen minutes Northwest of Durham.

Shortly after Caleb texted his sister, Leah, that he sat alone at lunch "because I don't really have friends," everything changed when she shared a screenshot of that conversation on Twitter, along with a photo of him. The Tweet quickly garnered much attention—it's currently received 33,800 retweets and 81,600 likes and counting—and fellow students stepped up to support their classmate.

As CBS News reports, the very next day after Leah sent the Tweet, upperclassmen came to join Caleb in the cafeteria and made sure he was surrounded by friendly, welcoming faces during his lunchtime. Even members of the school's football team carved out time to meet Caleb and make him feel at home at lunch.

Caleb, meanwhile, is grateful for the new friends, but hasn't lost sight of the underlying message from this experience: "Honestly to all the people who pick on others I just wanna say you may have been led down the wrong path but it's never too late to turn back and just love everyone because that's why god created us to love each other," Caleb wrote on Twitter.

Even though our high school days may long be behind us, this story certainly serves as a reminder that you're never too old to welcome a new friend at the table.