Round Rock 3rd-grader writes heartfelt letter about hero: her school’s custodian

Williamson County

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — When you think of a hero, you usually think of a police officer, a firefighter or a doctor. Or at least, that is what a Round Rock Elementary school’s custodian tells KXAN.

But Mr. Henry Herrera, who is on the custodial staff at Brushy Creek Elementary, says he got the best surprise when he found out a third-grader at his school called him her hero.

“The majority of the students chose firefighters, police officers and doctors and it made me really happy to know that someone thought of me,” Mr. Henry said. “I felt very happy and emotional to know someone was thinking about me when sometimes you feel like you won’t make a difference.”

It was an assignment Hadley Hollyfield’s teacher gave her with the subject matter “Heroes Amongst Us,” and it didn’t take her very long to come up with who she would write about.

“Every time I went to lunch I would see Mr. Henry working really hard to keep the school clean and it made me feel really good inside and I had never really noticed how much he had done until then so I just decided I was really thankful for him,” said Hollyfield. 

The school staff says he’s well-known amongst the students for helping them carry their lunch trays, opening their milk and juice or just asking how their day is. 

“She made me feel very happy and important and proud and maybe she doesn’t know it but when I read that letter it motivated me to do what I do and I want her to know that she is making a difference too and it touched my heart,” Mr. Henry said. 

“Mr. Henry has a lot on his shoulders so we should help him out by cleaning up after ourselves,” Hollyfield wrote in her assignment. “He makes the school a little bit sweeter everyday.” 

Read her full letter to Mr. Henry here.

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