Anyone who works for a school has a responsibility to ensure that children are given the best possible care. Curtis Jenkins, who is a bus driver for Lake Highlands Elementary, is really following through. Curtis Jenkins has always considered his school bus driving job to be very significant.
Some may consider a school bus driver to be an easy job. But not to Jenkins. Instead, he sees it as a chance to brighten up the kids’ days. For twice a day, five times a week, Jenkins spends a little time talking to the children during the commute back and forth.
“He goes way beyond the outlined responsibilities and duties of a bus driver. I mean, that bus is like a family.” – Emily Grunninger, Principal, Lake Highlands Elementary.
Before the children board Jenkins’s bus, he assigns them different roles, such as police officer and administrative assistant. He then speaks to the kids on the megaphone, telling them to look out for each other.
It may seem simple, but it’s gives an important lesson for community building by cooperation. And on top of that, Jenkins also gives the kids presents to show how much he admires them.
He picks the gifts based on interests of each child. For example, if a child likes baseball, then he gets them baseball stuff! And once, he got a t-shirt made for a girl, with the picture on the shirt being one she had drawn herself.
He goes beyond this. Jenkins has given the lucky kids bikes, backpacks and more. The cost of these gifts run into the thousands of dollars.
“He helps anyone in need. My mom got divorced when I was only four. He’s the father that I always wanted. In some ways, I wish my dad could have been like that.” – Ethan Ingle, sixth- grader, Lake Highlands Elementary.
The story moved one viewer so much that he decided to contact the school to offer Jenkins a reward for his care for kids. So the school organized an event for Jenkins. They presented him with a brand new car.
The school also promoted Jenkins. Moreover, driving buses, they wanted to pay him much more to show others how to have amazing student relationships. Many people will be able learn about how to enrich children’s lives in the way that Jenkins has.
Whole story of Jenkins’s kindness to the kids and his own rewards then appeared on YouTube. In no time at all, it went amassed lots of views. Within weeks, the video had gone viral with over one million views. It also had 46,000 likes and 2,700 comments. People have been saying things like this: