Sunday, December 29, 2019

Kind School Bus Driver Braids Hair Every Morning For Student Who Lost Her Mother

A kind bus driver in Utah has been styling the hair of an 11-year-old student whose mother died two years ago.

Tracy Dean, 47, who has been driving a bus for Alpine School District for 10 years, recently began braiding the hair of a young student on her morning route, Isabella Pieri.

Isabella's mom, Patricia Pieri, died two years ago from a rare brain illness. I can tell she was struggling with her hair. We usually do two French braids first and once in a while she just wants one braid. I also taught her how to brush her hair.

Philip Pieri, 47, said he works grueling hours at a convenience store near his home in American Fork, Utah. When his wife died, he tried to fix his daughter's hair. But she would get mad at me for pulling her hair One day Isabella came home from school and it looked beautiful. I call her my princess and she looks the part, she plays the part and her confidence is way up, which is what I've been intending.

Dean, who has four children including an 11-year-old of her own, said it's "no big deal" that she braids Isabella's hair each morning.

"It's just the way my mom raised me, to be nice to everyone -- people who need a little love in their life," Dean said. "I like to give all of the kids a chance -- even the naughty kids."

Pieri said he's extremely grateful to Dean for showing kindness to his little girl.

"She's such a nice woman," he said.

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