Kindergarten class surprises school custodian with Happy Birthday in sign language

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Kindergarteners at Hickerson Elementary did something very special for the man who cleans their classroom and fixes things around the school. 

The kiddos sang Happy Birthday to James Anthony for his 60th birthday but not in the usual way. 

Their beloved school custodian is deaf so their teachers taught them to sing the words in American Sign Language. 

They spent Tuesday morning learning to sign before calling Mr. James to the classroom for his surprise. 

Mr. James couldn’t hear the children singing, but his reaction shows how much he loved their effort to “sing” to him. 

School secretary Bonnie Scott told News 2 the kids love him. 

He reads lips and helps teachers and special education students learn to sign.  

When he walks down the hall it’s High Five time for all the kids. 

Mr. James has worked at Hickerson Elementary for 15 years.   

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