We love to celebrate birthdays. For many years, we have been singing the “Happy Birthday” song to our beloved family members and friends. But it’s hard to hear the song for someone like James Anthony, a deaf custodian at an elementary school in Tennessee. James has been working at the school for 15 years. He sometimes teaches simple sign language to the students, and they love to give him high fives in the halls. Because his 60th birthday was approaching, the teachers and students wanted to do something special for him to show their appreciation. Although James can read lips well, the teachers taught their kindergarten classes the “Happy Birthday” song in sign language. On his birthday, Oct. 23, James walked into a classroom and was surprised. He was moved to tears when he saw the angelic children signing the “Happy Birthday” song to him with their tiny hands. After the song, James told everyone, “This is the best birthday present you could’ve given me.”
Jeanne Lee Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. What did children do for James?
1. Do you want to make a friend who cannot hear or say?