Watch Colin’s heartwarming routine in the video below.
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A sweet kindergartener, who has Down Syndrome, is breaking the internet after he was appointed classroom greeter and a video of his adorable morning routine appeared online.
Colin Baker, a five-year-old from Birchwood, Wisconsin, has recently been appointed to the position at his school, ABC News reports.
And despite being suffering from Down Syndrome, Colin makes sure to fulfill his greeting responsibilities in the best way possible.
Several students and their families in the Birchwood School District are facing economic troubles, Sara Waldron, a business and information technology teacher, told ABC’s Good Morning America.
So little Colin’s heartwarming encouragement is probably what’s needed to kickstart the day for him as well as for his fellow kiddos.
Classroom greeter is a temporary position, filled by all 15 kindergarten students in turns.
“The children absolutely love this job and show great excitement when their turn comes up,” Nicole Schlapper, a kindergarten teacher at Colin’s school, told GMA.
Schlapper said kids can choose among a handful of different welcome styles. Some prefer to bump fists with the classroom greeter while others shake hands.
However, when Colin’s turn came, most of his fellow students opted to hug him – as can be seen in the heartwarming video of Colin’s routine.
“I think most of the kids choose to hug just because Colin is such a good hugger,” Chrisstie Baker, Colin’s mother, said. “He puts his heart into every one. I’m very proud of him.”
Baker hopes that the viral video of her son’s routine will inspire people everywhere.
She said: “I hope that adults can learn from him and his friends that it’s OK to get out of their comfort zone and make someone else’s day.
“And to put our all into even the smallest things, like a hug.”
Schlapper adds that this simple act inculcates kindness and inclusiveness in the little minds and these virtues “will stay with them as they grow up together throughout their years, in school and into adulthood.”
Waldron told Good Morning America that this practical example of love and kindness may seem little but it has the power to generate a great ripple effect.
“As a school, we worry about funding, but what we lack in resources, we make up in love and compassion,” she said.
“With so many tragedies in our neighboring communities in the last month, it is so amazing to receive such positive feedback from so many people all over the world.”
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