Kindergarteners Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ In Sign Language To Surprise Custodian Who Is Deaf

If you want to know how to throw a surprise birthday party, look no further than the Kindergarten classes at Hickerson Elementary. 

The students at the Nashville, Tenn. school gave Mr. James, a custodian who is deaf, an unexpected birthday present when they sang “Happy Birthday” in American Sign Language (ASL) to him on October 23.


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In the below video, shared on Twitter by the school, Mr. James walks into the classroom and is greeted by dozens of little hands signing the “Happy Birthday” song. 

Surprised by their sweet gesture, he throws his own hands up in the air and puts them on his head, shouting in delight. By the end of the video, Mr. James is clearly blown away by their pint-sized act of kindness

After Hickerson Elementary posted the video to Twitter on October 23, it has since received more 11,000 likes. Denver7 News then shared the video in a tweet that gained another 39,000 likes and 12,000 retweets. Both tweets have received an overwhelmingly positive response from Twitter users, including some former Hickerson Hawks.  

Based on the in-person and online reaction, it’s safe to say some little hands made a huge impact.

A Plus has reached out to Hickerson Elementary for comment.

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