Good Neighbors

Grass Was Too High at Bus Stop, So the Driver Cut It

When he saw that his students were uncomfortable, he knew he had to do something about it.


Mr. Jerry Martin has been a staple at the Copperas Cove Independent School District in Texas for over 18 years. He's the school bus driver, and he's used to greeting kids with a smile every morning when he picks them up before school.

Recently, he noticed some of the students along his route were standing in a plot of waist-high grass and weeds while they waited for the bus. The house attached to the plot was vacant, and it was clear that no one had been keeping up with the yard maintenance.

Last week, Martin took it upon himself to go and cut the grass himself. He brought his own lawnmower and took down the weeds so the kids would be more comfortable.

"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."- Jerry Martin

He said it wasn't the first time he did it, but he let his boss know so they could take a photo. The idea, he said, was to show something positive that bus drivers are doing instead of always the negativity that you see in the media.

When the school district shared the photo to Facebook, parents of students in the community were quick to thank Martin for his act of kindness, and some shared their own experiences with the kind bus driver.

(Source: Copperas Cove ISD Facebook )

One person wrote, "Mr Martin is a wonderful man we appreciate everything he does. We couldn't ask for a better bus driver to take care of our children. He is a true blessing. Thank you Mr. Martin.??"

Another person commented, "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. I'm so happy he's still shedding some positive lights on students today!"

We're sure this won't be the last the community sees of Mr. Martin and his lawnmower, he's vowed to keep an eye out for other areas with high grass along his route.

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