• Red & Black Staff

CHS junior organizes efforts to recognize bus drivers, other Grady essential workers

Photos and story by sophomores Addie Childree and Hung Nguyen.

Linda Adams and the bus drivers of Grady County pose during the reception held March 5

On Friday, March 5, an appreciation ceremony for the Grady County Schools bus drivers was held in the tiered auditorium of Cairo High School's College and Career Center. 11th grader Linda Adams organized the event in her own time and personally purchased the refreshments to show these bus drivers just how much they matter to the Cairo community.

The junior told the Red & Black last month that this event was part of a larger effort to recognize and thank the essential workers of Grady County, including medical professionals, first responders, bus drivers, and teachers.

Ms. Adrienne Cruel, director of transportation for Grady County Schools, helped Linda organize this event.

Linda stated, "I just wanted to spread Jesus and show them that they matter just as much as everyone else."

Linda gave a beautiful speech which left some of the bus drivers emotional. She also wrote handwritten thank you notes to each of the drivers. You can view her speaking to gathered group below:

Below is a slideshow from the event:

So far, Linda has gained the support from 11 clubs and organization around the CHS campus, including Art Club; Helping Hands Club; National Honors Society (NHS); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); Student Council; HOSA (future health professionals); Key Club; Political Science Club; Show Choir; Chorus; and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

On Thursday, March 25 these clubs distributed posters thanking Grady essential workers to the hospital, fire department, police station, and emergency medical service (EMC).

Pictured below, some signs were airbrushed by art teacher and club sponsor Mr. Scott Easom.

Linda said they are also hoping to soon travel to Grady County nursing homes to sing and brighten the days of health workers, caretakers, and residents.

Assisting Linda in organizing these events and getting the support of clubs have been Mrs. Michelle Ausley, CTAE Department Chair, Career Counselor, and Work-Based Learning Coordinator at CHS; math teacher and sponsor of Interact Club, Mrs. Paige Banks; as well as Principal Chris Lokey. "They have been a huge help planning this," the junior said.

Linda told the Red & Black that she has been surprised by all the support she has received and how quickly everything has come together:

"I didn't think anything would come out of it. I thought it would all be swept under the rug, but it all happened so fast," she said.

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