“I can tell she was struggling with her hair,” the bus driver said.
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Utah bus driver Tracy Dean, 47, told ABC News that she noticed an 11-year-old student on her morning route named Isabella Pieri was having a tough time with her hair.
Isabella’s mother, Patricia, died two years ago from a rare brain illness, her father Philip Pieri, told ABC News.
Philip works long hours at a convenience store and he would “attempt” to do his daughter’s hair. He said:
“She’d get mad at me for pulling her hair. I didn’t know how to do it.”
Bus driver Dean noticed the hair struggle.
Dean has four children including her own 11-year-old. To her, it was “no big deal” to start doing Isabella’s hair. She began braiding Isabella’s hair every morning. Sometimes it’s two French braids, sometimes it’s a single braid.
She also taught Isabella how to brush her hair.
“It’s just the way my mom raised me, to be nice to everyone — people who need a little love in their life. I like to give all of the kids a chance — even the naughty kids.”
It changed everything for Isabella and her father.
Braiding Isabella’s hair was a kindness, but it was more than that to Isabella and her father, he explained. It was an outward change that impacted Isabella’s feelings about herself.
“One day [Isabella] came home 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.”
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