A photo of a young student with autism being comforted by a school custodian is gaining a lot of attention on social media for all the right reasons.
Hollie Bellew-Shaw said her daughter Kenlee, a fourth-grade student at Melba Passmore Elementary School in Alvin, Texas, wanted “no part of being in the cafeteria” with “all of the noise,” according to her Sept. 10 Facebook post.
Bellew-Shaw said Kenlee laid on a nearby stage and covered her head with a blanket to shield herself from the noise.
Soon enough, Esther McCool, a beloved custodian at the school, was there to comfort her.
Bellew-Shaw said Esther laid down next to her and patted her back.
“All schools should be so lucky to have their own Angel on campus,” Bellew-Shaw wrote in the Facebook post. “Feel free to share so she can get all the appreciation & thanks she totally deserves.”
“This goes to show you that a kind word, a hug, and a little compassion are all it takes to make a huge difference in a child’s life,” Alvin Independent School District said of the sweet moment in a Facebook post.
The school district shared that Kenlee adores Esther, according to Bellew-Shaw. “She always greets my daughter with kind words and a hug, which is so special to her,” the mom said.