Alabama Student Gets Car After Years of Waking up at 4.30 am to Take Bus

Published May 30th, 2018 - 01:00 GMT

Patrick's family do not own a car.

An Alabama teen's dedication and perseverance to complete his high school was noticed by local radio host who gifted him a car. Corey Patrick, 19, woke up at 4.30 am daily to catch the 5.41 am bus and the entire journey took him 90 minutes to reach the high school.

Even on his graduation day, Patrick was spotted heading to his high school in Birmingham, Alabama, wearing his cap and gown. His photo went viral after it was posted online last week and caught attention of the radio host Rickey Smiley who urged followers to help track down the teenager.

Patrick's family do not own a car. He was determined to obtain his diploma from Tarrant High School and has been waking up at 4.30 am daily to make the same trek to school for the past year. Patrick's family relocated to the West End neighbourhood last year which is about 10 miles from his school and it takes 90 minutes to reach on public transport. Smiley then gifted Patrick and his family a brand new car on Friday in recognition of the teen's dedication and perseverance.

"I had to do what was necessary for me to walk this year," Daily Mail quoted Patrick as saying in WBRC. His mother Felicia White said, "He's a great young man. 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."

She added, "Even when he would get out of school he couldn't get from that side of town until 5.19 pm when the bus runs back over there. So he doesn't make it back this way until about 6.30 or 7 o'clock."

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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