School bus driver buys breakfast for 50 students after unexpected weather delay
After Wayne Price learned about the storm delay, he immediately drove to the nearest McDonald's and fed his hungry passengers.
After a winter weather delay meant that passengers of an Alabama school bus might have to skip breakfast, the bus driver knew what to do.
According to Today, driver Wayne Price learned last week that an ice storm had forced a school to delay opening. The longtime bus driver, who has picked up elementary, middle and high school students in Montevallo, Alabama, every morning since 2013, knew that many of the students who live in the school district primarily rely on the National School Lunch Program, which helps families from low-income brackets to afford breakfast and lunch for their children.
Speaking to People, an employee from Montevallo Elementary School said that three-quarters of their students are dependent on the program.
According to a Facebook post on the elementary school's page, Price headed over to a local McDonald's and bought biscuits for every single child that boarded his bus that day. He told local TV station ABC 33 that he bought over 50 sandwiches in total.
“One of the kids said, ‘Oh, Mr. Price, you must be rich,’ ” he recalled to the outlet. “I am not rich. I am in full-time ministry … 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.”
In a conversation with Today, Price said: “When the kids got on I said, ‘So, what do ya want? Sausage? McMuffin?’ … 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.'”
Elizabeth Lopez, one of his students who studies in the fifth grade, told ABC 33 that she was stunned by the kind gesture. “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,” she said.
Price didn't think his selfless actions were newsworthy as he considers the town itself as a very giving place. A Montevallo Elementary employee told People. “He didn’t expect it to be anything but just between him and the kids,” she explained.
“Never has it failed people in the community to come together and provide people what they needed,” she added. “We’re very blessed here in Montevallo.”