A high school student in North Texas wanted to show his favorite bus driver how loved and appreciated she was – and that’s a good thing.
Caden Filler saw an opportunity and ran with it. He takes the bus to and from the Keller Center for Advanced Learning, and every Monday and Friday, Gail McDaniel, or “Ms. Gail” as she calls her, is always in the driver’s seat to greet students with a big warm “hello”.
He and McDaniel became quite close during their brief conversations, and he learned that she was trying to get healthier and was saving money for a bike.
“I wanted to pay tribute to the kindness she showed me and make sure she knows the kids on the bus care about her as well,” Filler said.
Filler’s initial goal was $ 600, but he actually raised $ 800 from people here and across the country.
“This extra support overwhelmed me and realized how many people around the world are willing to help if they only get one cause,” Filler said. “With all of their support, I was able to get a bike, a helmet, a water bottle and a shoe gift card. All of these people helped me and trusted me to serve as a bus driver who always serves others.
By Monday, May 10, Filler had everything ready to go, so he got to school a little early and set up the bike and a sign for McDaniel.
“We hid the bike from line of sight to make sure it didn’t know what was coming,” Filler said. “Then when she stopped to drop off some students, I ran and waved her down. At first I think she was confused when I told her to keep shooting, but her expression quickly changed when she realized I had hidden a bike. the corner.
“She covered her face in amazement and struggled to get the bus to stop. She opened the doors of the bus and yelled repeatedly, ‘Is this for me? Is it mine? before getting off the bus. She ran and gave me a hug, then my parents, while constantly thanking God, immediately took her new wheels for a ride. Every person she saw was calling in joy. pure, still not believing she received a bicycle. “
Filler says it was a reminder for him to never underestimate the power of little acts of kindness.
Many thanks to Keller ISD for sharing Something Good with us.