Parent surprises school custodian with car


Six McLeod students receive bikes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A business owner gifted a new car to a custodian at her daughter’s school in Jackson, Mississippi.

S. Michelle Lodree discovered her daughter was deaf when she was two-years-old. After seven surgeries, she was able to hear.

Lodree said the staff care for her daughter at McLeod Elementary inspired the giveaway. Lodree witnessed custodian, Maggie Holmes, waiting outside for the bus daily. She said this is what inspired her give her a nice gift.

The businesswoman discovered Holmes never owned a car.

“I had been on Jatran (bus transportation service) so long, that was my ride,” said Holmes.

Lodree raised money to give Holmes a car, filled it with household items and paid for her driving classes. But the giving didn’t stop there!

Lodree gifted bikes to the young scholars who scored highest on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program Test.

S. Michelle Lodree, owner of Big Mama Bail Bonding, said, “They have three categories and so we decided instead of just getting the top person in each category, that we would get the top two to encourage the rest of the kids.”

Lodree says this is the fourth year she has done a big giveaway. She plans to give bikes to McLeod students every year.

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