Acts of Kindness
School throws 77-year-old custodian her first birthday party
When Frances Buzzard walked into the school lunchroom one day, she wasn't expecting to see a huge birthday party - just for her.
Caryl Jane Espiritu
05.31.22

Frances Buzzard was about to turn 77 years old, but she had never had a proper birthday party.

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The elderly woman had been serving the Belle Elementary School in West Virginia as the school custodian. On every shift, she was always ready with a smile, and people in the school were always happy to see her around.

She was such a kind and loved part of the school that the teachers, workers, and children at the school decided to surprise her with a birthday party. The fact that the senior had never had a party to celebrate her birthday made the occasion even more special.

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Frances grew up with little in life, but she never forgot to smile at people, especially children at school.

According to the custodian, her family attempted to give her a birthday party once but “it was so icy and cold, nobody came.” After finding out about this, the faculty led by the principal, Amanda Mays, thought of giving the dedicated custodian the party that she deserved.

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A little after lunch ended, Frances and her co-worker Rendell Heater heard an announcement that they were needed in the school cafeteria. The two of them quickly headed there, and just when they were about to turn the corner towards the cafe, Frances was met with a loud round of applause.

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More than 200 staff and students greeted the elderly woman with a loud “Surprise!”

Frances was stunned, but she could not help but smile from ear to ear. She was absolutely shocked, but she was also very happy.

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She expected to clean the place, but instead, she was met with the bright smiles of people who loved and cared for her. Frances was led to her throne where Principal Amanda Mays gave her a crown and a sash.

It was Frances’ day and she was definitely the star.

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Wearing her tiara and her sash, the custodian they all loved could not stop smiling. She totally enjoyed the attention and the treats. Her birthday cake was not just a cake but a big table full of cupcakes!

Her happiness was so overwhelming that she cried tears of joy at such a heartwarming party she got from the school she was caring for.

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Even though Frances was hired just a year before, she was adored by everyone at the school – and vice versa.

Who said 77 years old is too old to have a children’s party? Frances may be 77 years old, but having such an amazing party is something she absolutely deserved.

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People at the Belle Elementary School knew that Frances was a kind woman, and they immediately saw something special in her, despite being with her for only a year. Her age did not hinder her from doing great at her job, all the more reason for the staff and the kids to love her even more.

Witness the incredible birthday bash prepared by the school for Frances by watching the video below!

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By Caryl Jane Espiritu
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Caryl Jane Espiritu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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