When a bus driver noticed how two siblings treated a disabled boy, she contacted their parents. The driver wrote a letter which has since gone viral.
Cindy Clausen drove children to school and saw how they interacted daily. The 60-year-old New Jersey bus driver decided to send a letter home with two kids on her bus in 2016.
She had been a bus driver for more than two decades and was stunned by how two siblings, Annaliese and Jorge, conducted themselves—it was unlike anything she had seen before.
The bus driver who informed parents about their kids' commendable actions [left] The letter written by the bus driver [right] | Photo: youtube.com/Chasing News & facebook.com/lovewhatreallymatters
THEY LOOKED OUT FOR HIM
The pair were interacting with 7-year-old Jaxson Blue, who was disabled and sometimes struggled to walk. They encouraged and helped the youngster during their commute.
In the letter, Clausen wrote:
"Every day, your children ask if they can sit with Jaxson. Today, Annaliese looked out from around her seat and said, 'Come on Jaxson, you can do it,' and Jorge [carried] out his backpack."
A bus driver who sent a letter home to parents informing them of their children's behavior | Photo: youtube.com/Chasing News
THE LETTER WENT VIRAL
With thousands of likes and shares, people were happy to see that there was still kindness in the world. Often stories of bullying circle on the internet, and many agreed that it was great to see something positive for a change.
THE ONLINE REACTION
One user expressed: "Wish there were more parents out there that would teach their children the same lessons. Bless those children that took the time to do right." Another added: "That is so sweet that she noticed your children giving from the heart."
Clausen shared that Blue seemed a little sad one morning and the siblings quickly cheered him up. She said: "It warmed my soul and made me feel so proud of all of them!"
A mother and her disabled son who was helped by two friends while on their school bus | Photo: youtube.com/Chasing News
THEIR BEHAVIOR WAS EXEMPLARY
The bus driver revealed that she occasionally sent letters home to parents over the years. She sent them whenever she felt parents were concerned or deserved to know what was happening with their kids.
Blue's mother, Belmax De Jesus, was moved to hear how others looked out for her son. She stated: "The children's behavior toward Jaxson is exemplary ... we need more news like this spread around the world."
ANOTHER STUDENT HELPS DISABLED FRIEND
Annaliese and Jorge weren't the only students to help a disabled friend. Brendan Ritchie was another caring student that made someone's day in 2016. The youngster who attended school in Missouri asked Ellie McCool to be his prom date.
McCool was disabled and didn't anticipate the special invite to their high school prom. Ritchie asked her by referencing her favorite movie. McCool, who loves "Ironman," was asked to be Ritchie's "Iron Woman @ Prom."
She said yes, and they had an unforgettable time. Ritchie, Annaliese, and Jorge went out of their way to include those sometimes excluded because of their disabilities. Their remarkable actions showed how a little kindness could go a long way.