This article by Allison Klein originally appeared in Washington Post
The beauty and power of the happy birthday rituals. Sniff – SA. Haze Mabry, who works as a janitor at an elementary school in Georgia, walks into the building every day and empties trash cans, wipes down bathrooms and mops wet messes in the hallways. Last week, after he arrived at Pike County Elementary, instead of finding garbage to clean up, he found almost 800 students lining the hallways with handmade cards and banners, blowing noisemakers and singing a full-throated happy birthday to him. … One card from a student stood out to him. It read: “Mr. Haze, you are my sunshine.” “I feel the same way about them,” he said.
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