School Bus Driver Surprises Passenger with Decorated Bus for 5th Birthday
"She loves all the kids that she drives and always goes above and beyond to make them feel safe and happy on the bus."
A Florida school bus driver has steered straight into our hearts after going all out to help celebrate the birthday of one of her favorite passengers.
Last week, 64-year-old Arletha Sherman of Jacksonville, decorated her school bus in honor of little Anna Hopson's fifth birthday.
"She's touched my heart," Arletha told Good Morning America. "She never complains. She has the most beautiful smile and it inspired me to do something for her."
Anna Hopson, a pre-kindergarten student at Sabal Palm Elementary School, has a rare neuromuscular disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which causes damage to the nerves in the arms and legs.
Anna, who has been riding the bus without a parent since she was three years old, began using a wheelchair six months ago. That’s how she ended up taking Arletha’s wheelchair-accessible bus.
"Arletha [Sherman] is an excellent bus driver and a very caring person,” Anna’s mom Kathleen told GMA. “She loves all the kids that she drives and always goes above and beyond to make them feel safe and happy on the bus."
When Arletha came to pick Anna up on her birthday last week, she surprised the freshly minted five-year-old with a princess gown and a tiara, as well as a bus decked out with streamers and a "Happy Birthday" banner.
"[S]he looked around and asked, 'Is this all for me?'" Kathleen recalled to GMA. "Anna was thrilled and surprised."
As for Arletha, she said she hopes that Anna's story simply encourages other bus drivers to spread kindness to children.
How sweet is that, y’all?