Texas custodian comforts 4th-grader with autism who had rough morning

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Monday, September 16, 2019
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Hollie Bellew-Shaw says her daughter Kenlee has autism and the noise of the cafeteria overwhelmed her, but Mrs. Esther was by her side.

ALVIN, Texas -- A custodian at Passmore Elementary in Alvin, Texas, comforted a fourth-grader when she became overwhelmed in the cafeteria, leading to an adorable photo shared on social media.

Hollie Bellew-Shaw says her daughter, Kenlee, has autism and the noise of the cafeteria was bothering her, causing her to have a rough morning.

She says Kenlee laid on the school's stage and covered her head with a blanket to shield herself from the noise.

Soon enough, Kenlee's favorite custodian, Mrs. Esther, was there to comfort her.

Hollie said Mrs. Esther got on the floor with Kenlee and held her.

"Kenlee adores Mrs. Esther," Hollie shared. "She always greets my daughter with kind words and a hug, which is so special to her."

Hollie told ABC7's sister station ABC13 that her daughter has had a special bond with Mrs. Esther for about three years and that she holds a special place in both of their hearts.

She said anytime Kenlee sees the custodian, she runs up to her and gives her a big hug.

"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.