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Six McLeod students receive bikes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A local business owner gifts a new car to a custodian at her daughter’s school in Jackson.

S. Michelle Lodree discovered her daughter was deaf when she was two-years-old. After seven surgeries, she was able to hear.

Lodree said the staff care for her daughter at McLeod Elementary inspired the giveaway. Lodree witnessed custodian, Maggie Holmes, waiting outside for the bus. She discovered Holmes never owned a car. Holmes explained, “I had been on Jatran so long that was my ride.”

Lodree raised money to give Holmes a car, filled with household items and paid for her driving classes.

But the giving didn’t stop there!

Lodree gifted bikes to the young scholars who scored highest on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program Test.

Lodree, who is the owner of Big Mama Bail Bonding, said, “They have three categories and so we decided instead of just getting the top person in each category that we would get the top two to encourage the rest of the kids.”

This is the fourth year Lodree has done a big giveaway. She plans to give bikes to McLeod students every year.

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