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Bus driver writes parents letter after witnessing kids’ actions towards classmate
After Cindy watched the siblings' interactions with a disabled little boy, she felt compelled to send their parents a letter.
Jenny Brown
01.04.22

Most parents do their best to make sure their children are kind, polite, and respectful to others. But let’s face it, moms and dads can’t be around their kids 24/7 – so it’s important that they teach them to behave this way even in the real world.

One set of New Jersey parents found out how their children were behaving, thanks to a note from the school bus driver. What she had to say captured the internet’s attention.

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Cindy Clausen has been driving buses for the Princeton school district for over 20 years. So naturally, she’s transported a lot of young passengers during her career.

There were several students, in particular, that caught Clausen’s attention.

Siblings Annaliese and Jorge would ride her bus each day and interact with another student, Jaxson, who has a hard time walking because of a medical condition. Clausen took notice of how they treated the boy and wanted to let their parents know what she’d been witnessing.

If a parent were to open their child’s backpack and discover a letter from their school – it could indicate there was some naughty behavior. But in this case, it was different.

The driver wrote up a letter for the children’s parents, and it was one they’ll never forget.

It began:

“I am compelled to write to tell you how beautiful your children are, inside and out! This can only come from the home, your patience and guidance, the examples that you set and teach.”

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If those words aren’t cherishable enough, Clausen then went into some details about the bus rides.

She explained:

“I have a child on my bus named Jaxson. Both of your children have shown him much compassion and support. Every day your children ask if they can sit with Jaxson.”

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Annaliese and Jorge helped lift the seven-year-old boy’s spirits.

In the letter, Clausen continues:

“Some days Jaxson is a little sad getting on the bus but as soon as he sees Annaliese and Jorge he smiles. Jaxson has difficulties walking and it takes a bit for him to get to his seat.”

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Clausen decided to share a couple of sweet moments that she witnessed that day.

“Today Annaliese looked out from around her seat and said, ‘come on Jaxson, you can do it’ and when we arrived at school Jorge took it upon himself to carry out his backpack!”

She closed it by beautifully saying:

“I know you know how wonderful your children are, but I wanted you to know that it shows! Cindy Clausen Bus #50”

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After the letter was shared with Love What Matters it went viral.

As of now, their Facebook post has tens of thousands of positive reactions, with many people applauding the mom and dad for their excellent parenting. Clausen too has been praised for taking the time to write the letter.

One user wrote:

“I love that she did this and kudos to the parents! The world will be a much better place when more people are like the driver and the parents!”

Jaxson’s mother, Belmax De Jesus, shared her thoughts about the children and their inspiring behavior.

She told Chasing News:

“I look at them as angels because it’s like, how do they know how to be so compassionate and so kind … it’s so pure and genuine. I’m also very grateful for the parents because clearly they’re doing something right. For their kids to be so open and loving, that is definitely stemming from the home.”

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It goes to show how important it is to teach our children about kindness and to practice it at every opportunity. Bravo to these kids and their parents!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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