A bus driver’s social post of graduating high school student Corey Patrick became a viral sensation, landing the youth on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, where he was rewarded for his determination with a car.
Rickey Smiley, who hosts the award-winning nationally syndicated morning show, invited Patrick on the radio show following his graduation acknowledging, “We want to thank you Corey, for showing us the definition of determination,” regarding his daily commitment to catch an early morning bus to travel crosstown to complete his high school education.
Smiley told Patrick he would need to get a driver’s license and that Smiley, R&B singer Tyrese, and 95.7 JAMZ in Birmingham, AL would be working to get him a car. In less than 24 hours University Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Anniston, AL provided brand new car for Corey Patrick.
Smiley referenced the fact that Patrick woke up at 4am to catch a bus in the 5 am hour to finish his senior year at Tarrant High School in Tarrant, AL, after his family had moved a considerable distance from the school. Smiley further stated “You inspire so many people. You inspire me to do better.”