Eighth-grader with autism spreads joy in teacher appreciation video


BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Kentucky mom posted a video of her son singing to honor his teachers, it’s catching lots of positive attention in a popular public Facebook group.

Tiffany Cecil posting her son Adam is a graduating eighth grader in Bullitt County and had to miss out on so many activities this spring, including the talent show at Bernheim Middle School.

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In the post, Cecil explains Adam is autistic and for him, this year’s graduation certificate was definitely something to celebrate, something normally done in an official ceremony. That now, he doesn’t get, like many students across the country.

Since he loves to sing, a song of gratitude was exactly the right choice to honor his teachers during teacher appreciation week.


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