Pre-Schoolers Surprise Deaf Custodian by Signing "Happy Birthday," Go Viral
Prepare to have your heart melted
James Anthony is a beloved custodian at Hickerson Elementary School in Tullahoma, Tennessee. It just so happens that he is also deaf. And when his birthday came around once again, the kindergarten classes at the school learned how to sign the "Happy Birthday" song for him in honor of his special day.
On Wednesday, the school posted a video of the interaction, which shows "Mr. James" slapping his hands to his head in a gesture of elated disbelief—and it immediately went viral because it is just too sweet.
According to other adults at the school, while the kids may not always be able to verbalize how they feel about him, Mr. James' hearing impairment has not prevented them from understanding one another and becoming friends.
"Mr. James teaches the kids sign language every now and then, teaches them good manners and how to treat other people," Principal Jimmy Anderson told WZTV .
And the video itself is proof that you don't need words in order to express love and kindness.
I love this so so much. There wasn't a day that went by in elementary school that Mr. James didn't ask me how ball was going! Such a sweet, genuine guy. So proud to be a former Hickerson Hawk 💛💛 https://t.co/QFloB8x80p
— Amanda Crouch (@amandacrouch16) October 24, 2018
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