Being the new kid at school sucks. There’s no better way to put it–it just does. Everyone else is already tight with their friend group–and then, there’s you, sitting alone at lunch. I can remember this only too well myself, as I switched schools in 7th grade (due to excessive bullying at my former school). While I ended up making friends eventually, it was pretty rough, especially since I was a shy kid–and I was used to kids at school being pretty mean.
That’s why it’s so great hearing about kids like Amanda Moore, who went out of her way to make sure a new 5th grade student, Rafael Anaya, felt at home in his new school. During lunch, Amanda sat with him, but sadly wasn’t able to speak with him much, as Rafael only speaks Spanish. But Amanda didn’t stop there.
So, what did she do? She went to good ol’ Google Translate. She wrote a note asking Rafael if he wanted to sit with her at lunch, and plugged it into the app to tell her how to draft the letter in Spanish so he could read it. Afterwards, Amanda’s mom proofread it. The 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.”
Her mom, Kimber Kinard, told CBS News how amazed she is that her daughter did this: