A Toronto cop has caught the attention of talk show host Katie Couric and elicited some teary-eyed responses with a Twitter post.

On the first day of school on Tuesday, Staff Sgt. Chris Boddy tweeted, “Dear Students, if you see a kid eating alone in the cafe, say hello and join him/her. #thatisnice”

That message was retweeted by Katie Couric to her 898,917 followers the same day and has since gotten more than 1,500 retweets, Boddy said.

“It was a timely message that a lot of people could relate to,” he told CityNews, adding he received many messages that said his message made them teary-eyed.

Boddy told CityNews he first noticed Couric’s handle appearing on his Twitter feed on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Boddy tweeted to his 9,255 followers, “Thanks SO much everyone for the 1500+ [retweets] of yesterday’s ‘#thatisnice’ back to school tweet!”