Be still my fragile little heart, stories like these make me so happy. There are still good kids out there that appreciate all the hard work adults do for them. Custodian Travis Kennedy has become quite a role model at Jasper High School for his dedication to his work and the students, not only becoming a mentor but a friend. He made such a great impact on sophomores Sam Hice and Preston Reed, that they decided to surprise him with a special gift.
Kennedy makes a 20-mile commute to and from work every day but states he does it with a servant’s heart. The two students noticed that he was using a worn-out old truck in poor condition, so, they wanted to make their appreciation to Kennedy known and do something special. They started a GoFundMe page for “Travis the Janitor” to collect funds for a new truck.
According to their GoFundMe page, Kennedy is an honest hardworking man who “deserves much more than just a new truck, but this is a start.” The students are attempting to raise $20,000 and have raised nearly $12,000 after a week of posting their page.
The high school students said they didn’t expect their effort to grow as fast as it did. Kennedy, who is overwhelmed with gratitude by the gesture, has worked at JHS for 22 years and stated he didn’t realize what an impact he was making on the students.
“I never knew I was living like that. You know, you didn’t know you were impacting them. I didn’t know I was impacting them. But, you know, you got to live truthfully. You’ve got to be honest. You have to try to do things right. And I was made to do that. They ran through the halls and ask me how I’m doing, and i just say ‘I’m blessed’ and ‘I love y’all.'”Advertisement
Reed And Hice first met the custodian during their 8th-grade year. Since, Kennedy says they always make an effort to greet him down the hallway. He is known for always smiling, working hard, and teaching teenagers about the gospel. To help the students meet their goal, Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC, a local car dealership in Jasper, offered to match the GoFundME donations! The students started the fundraiser on National Custodial Workers’ Recognition Day.
If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe account, you can click here.