MARLTON, N.J. (CBS) — This weekend, the dad of a second grader shared his gratitude for a New Jersey police officer making a difference in his daughter’s life.

The father wrote to the Evesham Township Police Department explaining the daily struggle of getting his young daughter, Olivia, to Rice Elementary School each morning, saying “Liv” had cried every day since the beginning of the school year — “sometimes from the minute she opened her eyes.”

At morning drop-off, Liv would often beg for her dad to take her home, until someone from the school came out to usher her into the building as she continued to cry hysterically.

That is until one day when School Resource Officer Brian Libetti showed up. “Officer Brian” asked the young girl why she was so upset, offering to walk her to her classroom.

Liv’s dad explained, she very willingly took Officer Brian’s hand and so began the daily ritual  — a police escort of sorts to her second grade classroom.

“He chats with her and makes her feel comfortable and safe. Since that day, almost a week and a half ago, every single morning he stands and says hello to all the children and greets Liv with a big good morning smile and takes her by the hand and walks her to her class,” explained the dad in a Facebook post. “She has stopped crying completely and is always happy to see her new friend. I am so very grateful for this police officer.”

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