When Angel Woods climbs behind the wheel of the bus she drives for Madison City, Alabama, Schools, she expects her kids to be nice, and she has a few rules to ensure they are. “They’re not allowed to talk negative about each other’s color, their race or anything that’s negative about that other student,” she said. “I started telling them that they have to say something positive about themselves every day,” she added with a smile. Angel, who is a mother and a grandmother, shows off that side while taking care of her school bus kids.
It all began when Angel overheard a kid say something ugly to another child. She stopped the bus. They were still on school property. “In every last one of them, there’s something different and something unique and something special,” she said, “But I want them to believe in themselves like I believe in them.” Angel’s taking what she learned as a child and is trying to make a difference in the lives of others. “I like to say something positive to them so they can take it home or take it to school with them,” Angel said. The reason why is understandable. “I got bullied when I was a kid and I didn’t like it, and I wish somebody would have gave me a positive message at that time.”
The mom of one of the Liberty Middle School students who ride her bus recently shared a video on her Facebook page. Caleb McFadden shot it on the ride home. It showed Angel telling each student something good about themselves. Check your Good News Story of the Day, here, to see the video. But give thanks for good people like Angel, who look after the young and vulnerable, and teach them the value of self-respect as well as respect for others.
“If I could get a positive message to each, and every one of the middle school students,” Angel said, “Be yourself and enjoy being you.”
Story and Image from WHNT News.