A Texas bus driver realized that his elementary school passengers were waiting for him each day in waist-high weeds, so, he decided to make some changes.
Longtime bus driver Jerry Martin brought out his very own lawnmower to cut the grass, and his efforts were appreciated in a Facebook post by the Copperas Cove Independent School District.
Martin “cut the grass at one of his buses stops so the students don’t have to stand in the weeds while waiting for the bus,” the post read. “The home is vacant and the yard is not being maintained. Three cheers for Mr. Martin!”
Martin, who is a driver for 18 years, said he noticed the young students at the stop. He noticed that they would suffer chigger bites, which cause itchy skin rashes.
“I mowed that lawn because my kids have to stand there, and tall grass attracts chiggers, so I didn’t want my kids having to stand in it and get chigger bites,” he told local CBS affiliate KWTX.
Martin said, that it’s not the first time he’s mowed the area, but this time he told his bosses so they could snap a photo. He also told the outlet he has his sights set on other areas with similarly unkempt grass.
“I thought maybe we could show something positive that bus drivers are doing instead of always the negativity that you see in the media,” he said.
After the school district shared the post about Martin, former students commented and appreciated his effort.
“Mr. Martin was my elementary bus driver and he would always have fresh fruit for us to take home and was my favorite bus driver ever,” one woman wrote.
Wrote another, “Mr. Martin is a genuinely great person. He drove my son’s bus in kindergarten and Gage thought he hung the moon… A beautiful soul.”
Meanwhile, Martin has some memories of his own of former students, including NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who grew up in Copperas Cove.
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