'Three Cheers' for Bus Driver Who Goes Above and Beyond

Jerry Martin earns praise in his Texas community
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2019 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Texas school bus driver is winning accolades for the extra effort he puts in, People reports. Jerry Martin, who's driven a Copperas Cove school bus for 18 years, mows a curbside lawn after work so kids won't have to wait for the bus in high grass. "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 tells KWTX, referring to the miniscule arachnids whose bites cause powerful itches. Martin says he's mowed the area before, but told his employers this time so they could take a photo. "[I thought] maybe we could show something positive that bus drivers are doing instead of always the negativity that you see in the media."

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Copperas Cove Independent School District posted the pic of him mowing the lawn with a caption that read in part, "The home is vacant and the yard is not being maintained. Three cheers for Mr. Martin!" A deluge of positive Facebook comments reveal a community that's been appreciating Martin for years. "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," reads one, while another says: "He drove my son's bus in kindergarten and Gage thought he hung the moon. ...Beautiful soul." The shortest comment so far? "Way to do it Pops." (In another upbeat story, see why 30 bikers pulled up at a girl's lemonade stand.)

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