Wayne Price, a bus driver, is a well-known figure in the Montevallo neighborhood.
For many years, the kindhearted guy worked as a contractor before shutting down his business to serve in the Youth Ministry.
After that, he began driving a school bus, where he has become a valued mentor to many of the students. In fact, Price has gotten close enough to the kids to understand how particular events, such as this one, affect their day.
In the early morning of December 11, Price got a phone call informing her that schools would be closed for an additional two hours due to inclement weather.
While children in other places would certainly delight at the news that their school day had been cut short, many children in Montevallo would be without food.
Two-thirds of the kids at Montevallo Elementary School are from low-income families and are part of the National School Lunch Program, which gives them free or cheap breakfasts and lunches.
If the school was closed in the morning, most of the students would be hungry until lunch.
Allison Campbell, principal of Montevallo Elementary School, told TODAY:
«For many pupils, it means they won’t be able to eat.»
«It says a lot about [Price’s] character that he was aware of it.»
When Price grasped the ramifications for his pupils, he devised a strategy right away. He went to the nearest McDonald’s and bought himself a breakfast sandwich, as well as sandwiches for every child on his bus.
«When I arrived at McDonald’s, I asked the manager, ‘Can you turn around 50 biscuits in 15 minutes and offer me the best bargain possible?’»
Price walked out with a package of sandwiches and proceeded to give every kid a complimentary meal. «When the kids came on, I said, ‘So, what do you want?’ » Sausage? «McMuffin?» he asked TODAY, laughing.
I adore my children. I received a lot of fist bumps, high-fives, ‘Love you, Mr. Price,’ and ‘Thank you, Mr. Price.’ »
When the elementary school put the story on its Facebook page, it spread quickly.
«Mr. Price, one of our bus drivers, certainly embodies the Christmas spirit!» they wrote. «On Tuesday, when school was delayed due to snowy roads and we couldn’t offer breakfast, he bought McDonald’s biscuits for his whole bus of pupils.» What a thoughtful gesture that our youngsters will never forget! »
Residents commented on the article, remarking that Price’s gesture of goodwill is nothing out of the ordinary.
«Anyone who knows Way Price would realize that this isn’t a random incident,» Derek Wilson commented. I’ve watched this guy devote so much of himself to his community in my almost 20 years of knowing him. » «I have known Wayne and his family for many years, and he did not do this for publicity,» Sheila Brown Barrow noted. He did it because he cares about children. »
Let us recognize Mr. Wayne Price. More acts of kindness like his are needed in the world.