High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition

High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition

High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition.
High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition. Source: WIAT

“Travis the janitor is an honest hardworking man who deserves much more than just a new truck, but this is a start.” That’s the first sentence of the GoFundMe page two Jasper High School sophomore’s started for a man that has obviously had a huge impact on their lives.

The work of a custodian may at times may go unnoticed and may even seem thankless, but Travis Kennedy has become a staple at Jasper High School for his dedication to the work and the students.

Kennedy really made an impact on JHS sophomores Sam Hice and Preston Reed.

“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 truthful. You’ve got to be honest. You have to try to do things right. And I was made to do that,” says Kennedy.

Kennedy makes a 20-mile commute to and from work every day, but he does it with a servant’s heart.

High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition. Source: WIAT
High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition. Source: WIAT

“I try to do the very best I can every day to make things better for the kids or whatever. I try to make sure they got what they need,” Kennedy says speaking about his role.

The two students noticed that their school’s janitor was getting to and from work in a truck in poor condition. At the same time, they wanted to make their appreciation to Kennedy known.

High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition. Source: WIAT
High school students raise over $13k to buy their janitor a new truck after seeing his in poor condition. Source: WIAT

“He’s always been such a hard worker and we really admire him,” says Sam Hice.

The students decided they had to do something. So they started a GoFundMe page in order to help “Travis the Janitor” get a new ride.

The students are attempting to raise $20,000 and have already raised over $13,000 in less than two weeks.

Kennedy says he is overwhelmed with gratitude by the gesture. He’s worked at JHS for 22 years, and says he didn’t realize what an impact he was making on the students.

A local car dealership has even gotten on board. Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC in Jasper offered to match GoFundMe donations up to $10,000.

So while the work of a janitor may at times seem thankless, this just proves that living your best life and being honest will always pay off in the end – it even changes lives.

You can also donate to this amazing cause by visiting “Travis the janitor’s” GoFundMe page.

Source WIAT


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