(Wayne Price bought Breakfast for Every Student on his School Bus Last Tuesday. Photo by the Facebook of Montevallo Elementary School.)
During the Early Morning of 11 Dec. 2018, an Alabama (USA) Bus Driver made sure his Students did not go to School hungrily, after the School’s Opening was delayed due to Icy Roads. For many children in other cities, School Delays and Closures would be a cause for Celebration, but a Delayed Opening in Alabama also means that many children will not be able to get Breakfast at the School Cafeteria. The Driver, Wayne Price made a quick pit stop to buy McDonald’s Biscuits for his Entire Bus of Students.
Wayne has been driving a School Bus for 5 years, but his Faith is what really drives to him to do everything in his Life.
Montevallo Elementary School, located just in South of Birmingham, Alabama, posted the Heartwarming Story to Facebook Last Wednesday, writing that Wayne “Truly Demonstrates the Spirit of Christmas.”
When Parents were told that Breakfast would not be served because School was starting late, not everyone had time to eat before the Bus showed up. The County’s Transportation Coordinator, Rick Vines, told the news station that he believes Wayne bought 30 to 40 Biscuits.
Parents and Former Students shared their Admiration for the Bus Driver on Facebook, describing Wayne as a Beloved Figure in the Montevallo Community:
Mr. Price, one of our bus drivers, truly demonstrates the spirit of Christmas! On Tuesday, when school was delayed due…
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“Thank you sir for taking care of our babies!!,” one parent commented.
“Anyone who knows Wayne Price would know that this isn’t a random moment,” another commenter said. “In the almost 20 years of knowing him, I’ve seen this man give so much of himself to his community. I’ve experienced first hand the hope and guidance he brings to people who may not find it anywhere else.”
A Spokesperson at Montevallo Elementary School told TODAY Food that the Data from the 2018-2019 school year showed 75% of the School’s Children participate in the National School Lunch Program, a Federal Program which ensures Kids from Low-Income Families will be able to eat Breakfast and Lunch for Free or at a Reduced Price during the School Day.
On that day, Wayne was already awake when he got news about the Delay and immediately understood the Implications of Breakfast being Cancelled for the Elementary, Middle and High School Students in Montevallo (all of whom Wayne drives on his Bus Run).
“For a lot of students that means that they won’t get to eat,” Allison Campbell, Principal of Montevello Elementary, told TODAY Food. “It speaks volumes to [Wayne’s] character that he was attune to that.”
After hanging up the phone, Wayne had an idea that Truly reflect the Spirit of Giving. Before hitting his usual route, he headed to a Local McDonald’s to get himself a Biscuit and One for Every Kid on the Bus.
“When I got to 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?’ He gave me a dollar deal and we just turned it around,” Wayne told TODAY Food. “They really hustled with other customers in the store and I walked out with a box load of biscuits for my kids.”
To Wayne, this Act of Kindness was not Random, nor was it solely because of the Christmas Spirit.
“I’m driven by faith and Christ,” Wayne told TODAY Food.
In 2003, Wayne closed his company, where he worked as a contractor, to serve with the Youth Ministry. In 2013, he became a Bus Driver for the Public School District to be a part of the Community and continues to work with Several Churches in the area. In addition to his morning and afternoon pickups to and from school, Wayne is also a Mentor to Youth Groups and organizes Teen and College-Aged Student Trips to Volunteer on Navajo reservations.
“When the kids got on I said, ‘So, what do ya want? Sausage? McMuffin?” Wayne told TODAY Food with a Hearty Laugh. “I got some sweet kids and I get really attached to them … they were really appreciative. I dunno. I just love my kids. I got lots of fist pumps, lots of high-fives, lots of ‘Love you Mr. Price,’ lots of ‘Thank you Mr. Price.'”
With 50 McDonald’s Biscuits and a Lot of Full Bellies later, Price continues to be grateful for “where the Children have him caring for them.”
(Source from Yahoo Lifestyle on December 15, 2018 and Today on December 19, 2018.)