Photo from ABC/Good Morning America | ‘GMA’ surprises a bus driver for her simple act of kindness

People doing worthwhile work with passion and purpose

The Augusta Area School District is no stranger to having a passion and purpose for their work with students. One of the core beliefs of AASD is that “students are the first priority. Every decision and action must be based on their needs.” Augusta bus driver and special education teacher’s aide, Izzy Lane, takes this core belief to heart.

In September, the Augusta police department shared a photo of Lane holding the hand of a scared little boy on his first day of school that went viral. According to WLUK, Amy Johnson said her son was excited to start 4K. But when the school bus came around the corner, his mood quickly changed. When the bus doors opened, Axel clung to his mom, crying. Johnson sat him down behind the bus driver. Immediately, Izzy Lane grabbed his hand to help comfort him.

“The compassion we see every day in our teachers, bus drivers, custodians, administration, food service staff, and paraprofessionals is truly admirable,” the Facebook post said. “We are so fortunate to be able to partner with these people!”

The viral post made such an impact, that during Good Morning America’s Make Your Monday segment on November 18 surprised Lane for her simple act of kindness live at one of the Augusta schools alongside students and faculty. Check out the video from GMA below!

Celebrating a Woman Who Makes Her School More Welcoming

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