First-Grader's Kind Gesture Makes Recess Accessible For Special Needs Classmate

June 11, 2024

Today's good news story comes from Bulls Gap, Tennessee.

Every school day, Abel Baxley, a compassionate first-grader at Bulls Gap Elementary and Middle School, performs a heartwarming act of kindness for his friend and classmate, Natalia Petosa.

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Born with Angelman Syndrome, a condition that affects her ability to walk, Natalia relies on a wheelchair for mobility. To ensure she can navigate safely, Abel voluntarily sweeps the gravel off the sidewalk leading to the playground during recess.

"I do sweep off the gravels and the rocks," Abel proudly told WJHL, demonstrating his commitment to making the playground accessible for Natalia.

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Natalia's mother, April Catherman, expressed her deep gratitude for Abel's efforts.

"It makes me feel very happy and heartfelt, to know that he does whatever he can in his heart, he is out there and sweeping the rocks up for her," Catherman shared. "To make sure she gets to and from the playground safely."

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She added that Abel's thoughtful actions bring joy to Natalia’s days at school.

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