A school bus driver recently sent a note home to the parents of two siblings who ride her bus to and from school every day.
While some parents might cringe if they receive a note from the bus driver, this note was different. It actually praised good behavior.
At a time when plenty of college kids are crying, protesting, and harassing those with opposing views -- it's heartwarming to remember there are kids who show compassion and a spirit of service.
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Bus driver Cindy Clausen couldn't keep quiet about what she witnessed aboard Bus #50 -- and now her note, posted on Nov. 13 to the Facebook page Love What Matters, is going viral. Clausen is from Princeton, New Jersey, according to lovethispic.com.
After the two children, named Jorge and Annaliese, had repeatedly shown kindness to another boy named Jackson, Clausen wrote the following:
"I am compelled to write to tell you how beautiful your children are, inside and out! This can only come from the home, your patience and guidance, the examples that you set and teach," she began. "Every day your children ask if they can sit with Jackson. Some days Jackson is a little sad getting on the bus but as soon as he sees Annaliese and Jorge, he smiles. Jackson has difficulties walking and it takes a bit for him to get to his seat."
On one particular day, however, Annaliese "looked out from around her seat and said, 'Come on, Jackson, you can do it,' and when we arrived at school Jorge took it upon himself to carry out his backpack!" Cindy then concluded, "I know you know how wonderful your children are, but I wanted you to know that it shows!"
An outstretched hand of friendship at school is crucial for kids with disabilities. Samantha Gibbs of Reading, Massachusetts, has Down syndrome and knows what loneliness feels like.
"The problem is sometimes kids can't get into a friend group," Gibbs, 15, told LifeZette. "They don't know how to."
"I love this," Heather Arnold Murphy posted to Facebook of the viral note from the driver. "I teach kindergarten inclusion this year so I have students in my class with special needs. To see my students without special needs take their peers under their wing & make sure to include them makes my heart smile daily. Man, I'm so lucky to have such amazing kiddos in my life."
Another mom posted, "Thank you for this! My daughter has Down syndrome and there was a boy last year who had been so kind to her, helping her and looking out for her all year. This year, it's a girl she's made fast friends with. She has some of the best friends in her inclusion class!"