Teen receives unexpected gift after picture of him taking bus is posted online

We often underestimate teens’ will, dedication and even potential. But here’s one young man who leaves nothing to doubt.

Corey Patrick from Alabama lives around 10 miles from his high school Tarrant High, which is, technically speaking, not very far.

His family had recently moved to the area and did not have a car, forcing Corey to take the bus to school. Unfortunately for Corey, this meant a 90 minute ride to and fro school, every single day.


But Corey did what he had to do. He woke up every single morning at 4:30 a.m. to start his long journey from home to school.

“He’s a great young man,” Corey’s mother says. “He’s very quiet, reserved, humble and he gets a little hardheaded sometimes, but he’s a very obedient child and I’m proud of Corey.”

Indeed, the ambitious teen, who plans to pursue a degree in computer science, refused to allow a long and tedious bus ride get in the way of his education — and this was certainly also the case when the time came for his graduation ceremony.

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Corey, naturally keen on attending his ceremony, hopped on a bus and headed for school where the graduation was being held. One difference: he did so clad in his robe and hat.

Observant passer-bys noticed the teen headed for the bus dressed in his graduation attire and snapped a picture of him. The photo soon made the rounds online, eventually landing in the hands of local radio show host, Ricky Smiley.

Moved by the teen’s story and dedication to his education, Ricky invited Corey to join him on his show one day.

Ricky praised Corey for his hard work and determination… but he did something more. Something no one saw coming.

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Ricky had a gift in store for the young man, something he could sure use… a car!

Now Corey can travel to his future educational institution at a fraction of the time, focusing on what he does best: study hard, work hard, and succeed.

Watch a video of Corey’s wonderful story below:

I am so glad that photo got snapped and brought attention to this special young man and his predicament. Share to wish Corey luck in the future!