It’s time to head home for the summer.
But for Anthony Chapel, summer break is bitter sweet. That’s because he’s leaving his friends on the Bus 54 Crew.
“Sometimes they tell me knock-knock jokes,” Anthony said. “Sometimes they make me laugh by the motion on their faces. That’s pretty much how they make me laugh.”
This is the fourth year Jim Walley and Lester Walker have teamed up on bus 54 serving WFISD’s special needs students.
Walley drives the kids.
Walker makes sure they’re safe.
And both of them use treats and games to bring out the best in them.
We like to have a lot of laughter and have fun so we’ve developed a lot of games over the year,” Walley said.
“Just love. That’s basically what it is. It’s all love,” Walker said. “We love our kids and it’s just exciting.”
“They’re always there to encourage them,” said Fain Elementary School counselor Dell Baker. “They’re happy. I never see them come off the bus not happy unless they’re not feeling well and they then tell me.”
That’s why Baker wanted to pay it forward to Walley and Walker so they can continue to provide Anthony and the other kids with personal attention and added smiles.
“They kind of make me laugh a little bit,” Anthony said. “It cheers me up when I get a little sad.”
“I love being around them,” Walley said. “It’s fun…and it keeps you active. I’m getting old.”
Walley and Walker turned around and donated that $300 to the special needs programs within WFISD.