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These Kindergarteners Surprised Their School's Deaf Custodian By Signing the Entire 'Happy Birthday' Song.


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Robert
- 238 days ago - upworthy.com
A big group of kindergartners doing anything in unison tends to be sweet, but this video takes the cake. For his 60th birthday, the kindergarteners sung and signed the Happy Birthday song for Mr. James.



   

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Robert O (12)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 2:07 am
These kindergarteners surprised their school's deaf custodian by signing the entire 'Happy Birthday' song.
A big group of kindergartners doing anything in unison tends to be sweet, but this video take the cake.

A school community is made up of much more than just students and teachers. From lunch servers to janitors, people who help keep schools running smoothly are important. And they can have a much bigger impact on kids than we often acknowledge.

The students and faculty at Hickerson Elementary School in Tennessee have a special relationship with their custodian, Anthony James. The joyful janitor known as "Mr. James" has been with the Coffee County School District since 1991, and had been working at Hickerson for 15 years. Those who know him describe him as "sweet," "selfless," and "always smiling."

For his 60th birthday, the kindergarteners sung—and signed—the Happy Birthday song for Mr. James.

Mr. James is hearing impaired. So kindergarten classes taught by Mrs. Allyssa Hartsfield and Mrs. Amy Hershman learned how to sign the words to the Happy Birthday song to surprise him. And surprise him they did.

The school shared the video on Facebook, and people are loving it.

Teaching kids to honor differences and appreciate every member of a community is a beautiful thing.

The video has struck a chord with alumni of Coffee County Schools and people everywhere. As the alumni sharing their memories of Mr. James in the Facebook comments attest, the dedicated custodian is simply receiving a dose of the joy and kindness he has spent decades spreading himself. It's clear that the love between Mr. James and the students in that community is mutual.

But the clip also shows how a simple gesture can mean so much to someone who communicates in a different way. The reaction of Mr. James to the students' surprise couldn't be more delightful, and those kids have now learned first-hand what a difference learning someone's language can make. What a wonderful gift to give someone who has given so much to so many kids for so long.

Happy Birthday to you, Mr. James!
 

Tania N (883)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 4:15 am
Thanks for sharing
 

Tania N (883)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 4:15 am
Thanks for sharing
 

Animae C (509)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 4:36 am
AWWWWW, how precious!
KUDOS to teachers Allyssa Hartsfield & Amy Hershman

"Teaching kids to honor differences & appreciate every member of a community is a beautiful thing."

Shared
ThanxRobert
 

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 5:44 am
Oh Robert ~ Thank you so much for sharing!
I actually have GOOSEBUMPS!!!!

Brilliant news ~ Just Brilliant! xxoo
 

Derek Richardson (192)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 6:45 am
Thank you.
 

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 7:32 am
Awww bless
 

Derry Richardson (38)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 8:02 am
Thanks for sharing, sharing is caring.
 

Leo C (312)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 8:21 am
Thank you for sharing!
 

Caroline S (78)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 6:11 am
Thank you :*)
 
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