In a story that will make even the Grinch smile, a young boy in Michigan invited his entire Kindergarten class to his adoption hearing.
Michael was adopted last Thursday as part of Kent County’s 23rd annual Adoption Day, according to WZZM. He dressed for the occasion, wearing a bow tie, vest, a button-down shirt, and a huge smile.
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Boy’s Entire Kindergarten Class Shows Up for His Adoption Hearing
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Michael invited his classmates who sat in rows behind him while enthusiastically waving cut-out hearts.
His classmates brought multicolored hearts attached to sticks to wave around in a colorful, beautiful show of support for Michael on his big day.
Look at that smile! What a difference kindness and support can make!
After the hearing, Michael and his parents took photos with his friends and the judge.
His friends from school weren’t the only special guests at the hearing. Santa Claus also appeared, making time to visit with each family.
The Michigan Supreme Court also celebrated Michael’s adoption, tweeting “So glad he got to share his special day!”
Michael was one of 37 kids who was officially adopted on Kent County’s 23rd Annual Adoption Day this year.
“On Adoption Day, there’s so many emotional stories of how children come to families,” said 17th Circuit Court Family Division Judge Patricia Gardner, who presided over the hearing.
Michael’s teacher, Kerry McKee, said, “The lesson is put a little love in your heart. We rise when we support others.”
This all goes to show how far a small kind act can go. Michael’s smile says it all. We’re so happy for him, his new forever family, and his classmates.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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