When Michigan couple Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton recently adopted their foster son, Michael Clark Jr., the little boy came to court with a cheering section—his kindergarten class!

Kent County’s family court finalized the adoption of 37 children (all of who came from the foster care system) this week on its annual Adoption Day Thursday. Along with 36 other kiddos, Michael finally got the chance to have his forever home.

According to WOOD TV8, 17th Circuit Court Family Division Judge Patricia Gardner announced, during the adoption proceedings, “I understand we are joined by Michael’s kindergarten classroom and teacher.” Not only did Michael’s entire class come to support him, but each child held up a special heart on a stick to celebrate the little boy’s big day.

Kerry McKee, Michael’s teacher at Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids, told WOOD TV8, “The lesson is put a little love in your heart. We rise when we support others.”

Even though most Michigan adoptions are confidential, on Adoption Day Thursday the families share and celebrate this momentous day with anyone and everyone they want to. In Michael’s case, that includes his teacher and classmates.

So why did Michael invite his entire class to the adoption proceedings? The kindergartner’s dad told WOOD TV8, “We asked him and he said, ‘You know, the class is kind of my family.’ And he wanted them to be there.”

—Erica Loop

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