Kindness at its best.
A 10-year-old girl went out of her way to make a new classmate feel welcome. Amanda Moore noticed that Rafael Anaya – who had just moved from Mexico to California – was having a hard time finding new friends, so she decided to reach out, with a little help from Google Translate.
For the first 10 days at Paloma Elementary School, Rafael often found himself sitting alone at lunch. The 10-year-old boy only spoke Spanish, and was struggling to navigate his classes and recess.
The fifth-grader tried introducing herself to Rafael, but she realized he didn’t speak her language. And instead of leaving it at that, Amanda turned to Google Translate to write a letter in Spanish and asked her mom, Kimber Kinard, to proofread it.
Her letter reads: “Would you like to sit with me today? Look for me and I will show you where I sit. We can color or simply tell scary stories. Thank you for your time, signed Amanda.” Kinard says: “Literally I’ve been crying ever since then because I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world.”
Ever since Amanda gave Rafael the note, the two have become friends – and even went trick-or-treating together on Halloween. For now, they are communicating through drawings, but both are working on learning each other’s languages.