C'mon Get Happy: High Schooler Walks to Graduation!

 

There's a kid in Birmingham, Alabama named Corey Patrick who had to get up at 4:30 every morning this year just to get to school on time.

 His family doesn't own a car.  So he had to walk to get a bus every day and deal with a pretty long commute.  But he didn't let it stop him, and graduated this month.

A local bus driver took a picture of walking and he was dressed in his graduation gown. He was walking to a bus stop to get to his graduation. The photo was posted online and quickly got the attention of thousands across the country. He said he wore his gown because this was a proud moment for him.

After several thousand shares, the young man was identified as Corey Patrick, a 2018 graduate of Tarrant High School. The reason we're hearing about him has to do with his graduation ceremony.  Just like every day, he had to walk and take the bus to get there.  And some random person posted a couple photos of him walking down the side of the road in his cap and gown. The photos went viral in the Birmingham area last week, and someone figured out who he was.  Then a radio host named Rickey Smiley decided to reward Corey for all his hard work by giving him a $25,000 SUV. 

Obviously he doesn't have his license yet, but he will soon.  And people in his community are also pitching in to throw him a big graduation party next month. 

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