It doesn’t often snow in the deep south. When it does, the streets are far from safe. A light dusting of snow can paralyze civic infrastructure and leave the roads littered with abandoned vehicles. Yet not everyone is helpless. One school bus driver has gone viral for his innovative solution to what could have been a cold and snowy morning.
When Wayne Price heard that snow had delayed the opening of Montevallo Elementary, in Montevallo, Alabama, he already had children on his bus. Price then took all of the kids to McDonald’s.
“On Dec. 12, administrators for Montevallo Elementary School’s Facebook page shared the story of the kind gesture by bus driver Wayne Price,” Fox writes.
“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.”
“Anyone who knows Wayne Price would know that this isn’t a random moment. 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. I’m glad he’s getting the acknowledgment he deserves,” one reader wrote.
“Thank u sir, Its bus drivers like u who make me feel safe to send my baby on the bus! Merry Christmas,” another added.
“What a BIG HEART. He’s a small town hero doing GREAT things,” another declared.
Price is shrugging off the attention. “One of the kids said, ‘Oh, Mr. Price, you must be rich,” he said. “I am not rich. I am in full-time ministry.”
“You can drop $50 going out to dinner, and it was nothing more than taking my family out to dinner. When it came down to the financial side, it was just second nature. I really did not think about it. I thought, hey this would be neat. I bet they will like this,” Price said. “We get caught up in materialistic things, even buying biscuits to a certain element is a little materialistic, but Christmas is giving. Christmas is showing love.”
“I was just so surprised that he did that,” fifth grader Elizabeth Lopez told reporters. “I did not think he was going to do it. I am really thankful for having him as a bus driver, and he feels like a dad to me.”
“Montevallo is a very special place, and anytime there is a need, so many people step in and help above and beyond what they have to do, and Mr. Price is just an example and a testament to this community and the schools in Montevallo,” Principal Dr. Allison Campbell said.