When the weeds get high, local school bus driver wades in
Veteran Copperas Cove school bus driver Jerry Martin, Jr., doesn’t wait for homeowners to trim tall grass and prickly weeds at the corners where he picks up and drops off his young passengers.
In fact, after finishing his route one day this week, he went home, got his lawnmower, and returned to tackle the high grass at one of the stops on his route after noticing students standing in weeds as high as their waists in a vacant home near Williams Ledger Elementary School.
“I took the bus back I came home and got my lawnmower and put it in my truck. I just left and went and cut it,” he said.
And it wasn’t the first time.
“Oh, I’ve done it several times,” Martin said.
“But this time someone just took a picture.”
“It was about knee high and I’m 6 feet tall,” Martin said.
“It wasn’t just grass. The weeds had popped up all over the place and they had like sticker things on there and I didn’t want the kids worried about getting bitten by a chigger.”
The Copperas Cove ISD posted the picture, which was quickly shared among current and former students, and residents, as well.
Among the former students who commented was one who wrote, “He was my bus driver way back when. He truly is an amazing person.”
Another wrote, “Mr. Martin was my elementary bus driver and he would always have fresh fruit for us to take home and was my favorite bus driver ever. I’m so happy he’s still shedding some positive lights on students today.”
Martin plans to do some more yard work soon.
“I noticed some high grass at another stop. I planned to do that today, but I’ve got an appointment but I’ll get to it,” he said.
“For my kids, I’ll just do what I have to do.”
During his 17 years with the district, Martin has transported thousands of students, some of whom have gone on to do big things.
“I used to drive a junior high student to his football games named Robert Griffin,” Martin said, laughing.
Robert Griffin III went on to become a standout at Copperas Cove High School, Baylor University’s first and only Heisman Trophy winner, and now plays with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.