Wayne Price realized that kids from the school relied on the National School Lunch Program and would have no morning meal because of the delay in the opening of the school due to harsh weather conditions.
A lot of people come together to ensure the holistic growth of children at schools. Many of these people are in the foreground of their development while others are in the background. But they are all important nonetheless. The children grow up right in front of their eyes and sometimes even start to care for them as they would for their own kids. It is when they go out of their way to be there for the children that shows how much they care.
One such hero is Wayne Price, who drives the school bus for Montevallo Elementary School. He had been an employee of the school for five years before the incident that made him a hero in everyone's books. Just before schools closed for winter break in 2018, Price received a call informing him that due to the bad weather conditions, the school would be opening two hours late. While this would have been a cause for celebration in most cases, Price knew what it meant for the children in Montevallo, Alabama. He knew that most of the kids from the school relied on the National School Lunch Program, which helps low-income families afford breakfast and lunch. So he took matters into his own hands.
Since the kids could not get food from the school cafeteria, most children would probably not get any meal that morning at all. So Price decided to buy breakfast for the kids he took to school every day. He headed over to McDonald's and bought biscuits that would be enough for his entire bus of students. A Facebook post from the school praising Price's thoughtful gesture also stated: "Mr. Price, one of our bus drivers, truly demonstrates the spirit of Christmas!" It also added, "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!"
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He confirmed that it was a total of 50 sandwiches. Speaking to ABC News he said, "One of the kids said, 'oh, Mr. Price, you must be rich.' I am not rich. I am in full-time ministry. I am not rich, but you sit there and think about it, you take your family out to dinner, and 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."
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Allison Campbell, Principal of Montevallo Elementary was all praise for Price as well. "For a lot of students that means that they won't get to eat," she told TODAY referring to the delay in opening the school, and added, "It speaks volumes to [Price's] character that he was attuned to that." A spokesperson for the school also confirmed that data showed 75 percent of the school's children participate in the National School Lunch Program. "I'm driven by faith and Christ," Price said of his act of kindness. His act of kindness was noted by McDonald's and the U.S. division of McDonald's sent Price a handwritten thank you note as well as a $100 Arch Card and a $1,000 Visa gift card to reward his kindness. He was also given coupons to feed his class again at the beginning of the following school year.
"I truly believe that I love them, and I know love because Christ loved me," Price stated. "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. Christmas is the esteem in others greater than yourself, but Christmas is the purpose that God sent his son. My love for my kids is purely a reflection of the love that originated in God and Christ."