A group of students made their beloved janitor's birthday special by learning to sing "Happy Birthday" in sign language.
Hickerson Elementary School kindergarten children in Tennessee surprised deaf-mute Mr. James Anthony with an unforgettable interpretation of the song as he entered her classroom on October 23, his 60th birthday.
"His reaction was ecstatic," kindergarten teacher Allyssa Hartsfield told Good Morning America. "He was crying, and of course we got emotional with him, after it was over, he said, & # 39; This is the best birthday present you could have given me. & # 39;
Hartsfield said she and another kindergarten teacher, Amy Hershman, combined classes to teach the children to sign Happy Birthday to celebrate Anthony.
Anthony has been the overseer at Hickerson for 15 years, but he has been working in the school district for nearly 30 years, Hershman said to "GMA." Since Anthony is deaf, the children wanted to learn how to wish him a happy birthday with sign language.
"They really love him," Hershman said of her students. "The kids were really excited – they learned the song in about five minutes."
Hickerson Elementary shared a video of the sweet performance on Facebook, where it has collected 128,000 views.
"[Mr. James] said," Guys, I'm kind of famous – I'm going to Hollywood next, "Hartsfield said." We did not know it would get that much attention. It really affected a lot of people. "
Hartsfield and Hershman said they would celebrate Anthony's birthday for years to come.