This might sound weird coming from someone Extremely Online, but sometimes the Internet is an awful place. People dump their neuroses, half-baked opinions, and bad news on social media and blogs - not to mention the ACTUAL bad news we're inundated with daily. We can't get too mad at media outlets for doing their jobs. Every few days I make a mental note to 'unplug' and then never do, my mental health and soul be damned. But occasionally, you come across something online that makes wading through all the trash worth it - like finding a diamond ring inside an actual dumpster. This week, a kindergarten class in Tennessee provided such a respite from digital horrors.
A kindergarten class at Hickerson Elementary in Tullahoma, Tennessee surprised the school's janitor with a heartwarming message. Their teachers - Allyssa Hartsfield and Amy Hershman, plus aides Shelly Lucas and Ridner - taught them 'Happy Birthday' in American Sign Language (ASL), which they signed to give James Anthony a birthday surprise. 'Mr James' as the students call him was bowled over by their gesture - and his reaction began circulating online once the school posted video footage to its Facebook page. James is hard of hearing and the class's ASL rendition of the song 'touched his heart.'