(Meredith) - A mother from Alvin, Texas, shared a heartwarming photo of a custodian comforting her 9-year-old daughter who was having a rough day at school.
Hollie Bellew-Shaw said her daughter Kenlee has autism. Last Tuesday, the fourth-grader became overwhelmed by the noise in the cafeteria at Melba Passmore Elementary School. So, she wrapped herself in a blanket to shield herself from the noisy environment.
Moments later, Esther McCool, a custodian at the school, noticed Kenlee lying on the floor by herself. McCool decided to lie down next to the student to keep her company. The kind gesture brightened Kenlee's day.
"Our school custodian is literally the best, sweetest individual in the world," Bellew-Shaw wrote on Facebook. "All schools should be so lucky to have their own angel on campus."
The Alvin Independent School District also shared an image of the touching moment to its official Facebook page Friday.
"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," the district said.
Bellew-Shaw said she and her daughter have bonded with McCool over the past three years.
"Kenlee adores Mrs. Esther,” Bellew-Shaw said. “She always greets my daughter with kind words and a hug, which is so special to her."