For years, Texas school bus driver Curtis Jenkins has been get the kids on his bus direction little offerings — pencils, pens — for receiving good grades and doing good deeds.
But for his seventh year driving for the Richardson Independent School District, Jenkins told HuffPost he wanted to do something big for his kids, “to let them know I appreciate them.”
So on Dec. 21, the last day before wintertime destroy at Lake Highlands Elementaryschool, Jenkins carried his yellowed school bus with presents for every single one of the kids on his street — more than 50 children living in total.
The presents weren’t purchased at random; Jenkins had asked each child what he or she missed for Christmas and went out to buy exactly those talents. Some brats get bicycles, others get headphones. Jenkins said he felt that kids who had asked for something smaller — a mechanical pencil, for example — should get a little bit more, like a coloring journal, crayons, or a climb rope.
Ultimately, the bus move said he and his wife purchased and wrapped around 70 gifts.
“It was so amazing, ” Jenkins told HuffPost about assigning the current last-place Friday. “Just to tell them know the spirit of committing and cherishing is still here.”
“This reminds us how much good there is in the world and how we should all strive to be a little more like Curtis, ” the school wrote in its post.
Jennifer Wilcox, the elementary school’s PTA president, told HuffPost she accepts Jenkins’ gesticulate came “out of the goodness of his heart” and not for the recognition. Still, the school’s PTA plans to acknowledge his magnanimity “in a special room soon, ” she said.
“We are proud to have Curtis Jenkins as part of the LHE family! ” Wilcox wrote in an email.
Jenkins told HuffPost that he had been scheduling the gesture for a very long time. Over its first year, the operator said he has created a system he announces “Bus Bucks, ” where the kids are given little honors for impeding the bus clean, putting on their seatbelts, and watching out for each other during rides. He said he sings chants with them in the mornings and tries to teach them life readings.
“Every morning we say,’ Listen, desire and understand each other, ’” Jenkins said, recalling one such lesson.
Jenkins said his desire to be kind to his kids is partly inspired by his Christian religion. But he said he doesn’t talk to the kids about belief at all.
“Believe in love. Love exists, ” Jenkins said. “We can affection one another. We don’t have to believe in everything the next one believes in.”
Jenkins said he strives to be a role model and a mentor for the kids on his road.
“I’ve been one of those children that didn’t have a lot when I was younger, ” he said. “If I had a person like me as a younger being, I would have constructed better choices in life.”
About a year ago, he said he started to set fund apart from his paychecks to do something neat for the kids on his route.
As Christmas attracted closer, he told his wife he was thinking about forgoing their own presents this year to get knacks for the kids. Jenkins said his wife agreed that it would be really good for the couple to practice that kind of magnanimity.
In the end, he said they too exploited the savings he and his wife had set aside for their honeymoon to buy presents. In addition, he said he got aidfrom a fellow bus driver and a parent who heard about “what hes” has the intention to do.
The bus driver like to remind you that since his legend ran viral, he’s received some backlash online, with beings questioning how he was able to render so many presents.
“It doesn’t take money, it takes subject, ” Jenkins said, referring to how he would save a little bit from each paycheck. “You can have anything you miss with a bit discipline.”
Jenkins said he’s hoping to do another neat gesture for his kids at the end of the next school years, before they go away for the summer.
Jenkins said he hopes his Christmas gifts inspire other acts of kindness in 2019.
“Just take the time to look at yourselves and think, if you were in another standing than what you are in right now, how is it you people want somebody to treat you, ” he said.
He said his own daydream is to create a mentorship platform for young people.
“I’m not rich at all. But I plan to one day has become a consecrating to parties in need.”