Everyone knows about bus driver Wayne price in the Montevallo community.
The warm-hearted man was as a contractor before shutting his company to serve with the Youth Ministry.
Then, after five years, he began driving a school transport bus, where he’s turned into a beloved mentor to the children. Actually, Price has grown close enough to the children to realize how certain things will influence their day—like for this situation, for instance.
On the early morning of December 11, Price got a telephone call saying because of bad weather conditions the school would be closed an extra two hours on that morning.
Usually, kids get happy when they come to know that their school day had been shortened, for some children in Montevallo, this implied they probably won’t get to eat.
66% of the children at Montevallo Elementary School are low-income students enlisted for the National School Lunch Program, which gives them morning meals and snacks at free or at very low costs.
So if the school was closed in the morning, the majority of the kids would go hungry, having nothing to have until lunch.
Allison Campbell, Principal of Montevallo Elementary, told TODAY:
“For a lot of students that means that they won’t get to eat.”
“It speaks volumes to [Price’s] character that he was attuned to that.”
When price realized this situation, he promptly made a plan. He immediately went to the local Mcdonalds he purchased a breakfast sandwich for himself as well as for all the students on his bus.
He told Today
“When I got to the McDonald’s, I asked the manager, ‘Can you turn around 50 biscuits in 15 minutes and can you give me as good of a deal as possible?’”
Walking out with a boxful of sandwiches, Price proceeded to provide every student with a free breakfast. “When the kids got on I said, ‘So, what do ya want? Sausage? McMuffin?”
“I just love my kids. I got a lot of fist bumps, lots of high-fives, lots of ‘Love you, Mr. Price,’ lots of ‘Thank you, Mr. Price.’”
The school posted this story on their Facebook page and it went viral immediately.
“Mr. Price, one of our bus drivers, truly demonstrates the spirit of Christmas!”
“On Tuesday, when school was delayed due to icy roads, and we weren’t able to serve breakfast, he purchased biscuits from McDonald’s for his entire bus of students. What a kind act that our students will forever remember!”
“Thank you, Mr. Price, for making a lasting impact in the lives of our students!”