A kind-hearted bus driver for a special education school has been praised for going above and beyond to help raise the spirits of his students ahead of their return to the classroom.
Special schools are set reopen at 50% capacity today, (Thursday, February 11) having been closed for weeks due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
James Connor, 56, who lives in Wicklow, has been counting down the days until he is back behind the wheel and he has a special surprise in store for his students to help cheer them up as they resume their studies.
In a message shared on Twitter, James's daughter Grace revealed that her dad has been has been busy writing out a list of jokes to tell the students on their first bus trip back to school to make their return a little more enjoyable.
James has also prepared a playlist of his students favourite songs to play on the bus ride to school.
Writing about her dad's thoughtful gesture, Grace said: "Dad is a bus driver for a special education school and is back to work on Thursday.
"He has an A4 page full of knock knock jokes ready for the kids and a playlist picked out of their favourite songs."
Dad is a bus driver for a special education school and is back to work on Thursday. He has an A4 page full of knock knock jokes ready for the kids and a playlist picked out of their favourite songs
— Grace Connor (@Grace_Connor) February 8, 2021
James's caring gesture struck a chord with Grace's Twitter followers, who were full of praise for her dad's sweet plan to make his students' return to school that little bit easier.
"Words cannot express the gratitude we have for people like your dad Grace! Please thank him sincerely," one person said in reply to the tweet.
"Drivers like your dad make the journey for children like mine really special. He is priceless and it will not be unappreciated by the children and their parents," said another.
A third person added: "Wishing your dad all the best, wont they be delighted to see him, how kind and caring of him to be preparing surprises for them, May he always be blessed for his thoughtfulness."
While a fourth said: "Thats one of the best Tweets Ive heard in months. Id say those lucky kids will be delighted to see you fabulous Dad too. Fantastic."