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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

School Bus Turned Into Playground For Special Needs Student

Nava Silton

In Gallatin, Tennessee a group of high school students came together to grant the holiday wish of a young girl with special needs. The young girl’s name is Gabriel and she is twelve years old. At the age of 8, she was diagnosed with a brain disorder that affects only one in a million people worldwide called Periventricular nodular heterotopia or PVNH. The disorder will prevent Gabriel from mentally developing past a young grade school student. Gabriel’s mother, Amy Howell, works at Gallatin High School and one day she mentioned to her class that on the top of her daughter’s Christmas list is a school bus, a real one. Gabriel has a love for all things that roll.  Of course this seems like an unlikely gift, but one of Howell’s students, senior Jessica Smith wanted to make it happen. So far, she has found a school bus and has had it transported to Gallatin High School. Although she has a long way to go, Smith has a vision, help from a bunch of friends and has set a gofundme page to raise money to fill the bus. On Christmas Eve a local towing company volunteered to tow the bus to Gabriel’s home. Smith is looking forward to Christmas Eve. "I can't wait to see her face on Christmas Eve. She's going to be so excited," said Smith. Check out the full news article here