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Michael Clark Jr .' s adoption hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was bound to be one he'd never forget. But Michael ' s day was extra special because he had his entire kindergarten class with him at the Kent County court house, waving red hearts on wooden sticks to cheer him on.
Michael Clark Jr .' s classmates sat behind him waving hearts mounted on wooden sticks as his adoption was finalized on Thursday. Officials from Kent County, Michigan, posted a video of the adoption hearing on Facebook, which has since gone viral. Michael was adopted by David Eaton
Michael Clark Jr.'s adoption hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was bound to be one he'd never forget. His adoptive parents, Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton, had been fostering him for about a year, and were eager to welcome him into the family forever. But Michael's day was extra special because he had his entire kindergarten class with him at the Kent County court house, waving red hearts on wooden sticks to cheer him on.
Probably the cutest story you will ever see. A kid who's being adopted invited his ENTIRE kindergarten class to attend his adoption.
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Five-year-old Michael Clark Jr .’ s adoption was just one of the 36 finalized this week as part of Kent County’ s 23rd annual Adoption Day , according to Fox 5. “I understand we are joined by Michael ’ s kindergarten classroom and teacher “The lesson is, ‘Put a little love in your heart ,'” she concluded.
Michael Orlando Clark Jr . was officially adopted , and all his friends showed up to the Kent County Courthouse in Michigan to celebrate with him.
— James Starks (@_JamesStarks)
Michael was one of nearly 40 kids to be legally adopted on Adoption Day at the Kent County court house on Thursday, but he was the only one with rows of his classmates behind him. It was Michael's teacher, Kerry McKee, who first floated the idea of bringing the entire class to his adoption hearing. "We began the school year as a family," McKee told a local ABC News affiliate. "Family doesn't have to be DNA, because family is support and love."
But it was, of course, Michael's choice to invite his entire class. "We asked him and he said, 'You know, the class is kind of my family,'" Eaton told the local NBC News affiliate. "He wanted them to be there.'"
Eaton also told CNN that the judge—who had never hosted a kindergarten class in her courtroom before—asked Michael's classmates to explain what Michael means to them, and they got up and said things like "I love Michael" or "Michael's my best friend."
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Michael and his class pose for photos after the hearing made his new family official! Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton became Michael Clark Jr .’ s foster parents about a year ago, WOOD TV reported, and on “The lesson is put a little love in your heart ,” she said. “We rise when we support others.”
Michael Clark Jr ., from East Grand Rapids, Michigan, was so excited about his adoption day that he invited his entire kindergarten class to his adoption Michael was one of 36 kids adopted that day . On social media, Michael ’ s story warmed the hearts of many. A picture shared on Kent County
Michael's classmates supporting his adoption.
— James Starks (@_JamesStarks)
Kent County shared a photo of Michael at his adoption hearing with his classmates in the background on Thursday, and it went viral, receiving more than 115,000 shares in just one day.
"This is beautiful!" one Facebook user wrote. "What an incredible community this boy will be part of!"
"Those tiny faces peeking over," another Facebook user wrote. "Too cute!" We couldn't agree more!
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