School Bus Turned Into Playground For Special Needs Student

Posted at 7:36 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 20:53:38-05

High schooler students in Gallatin have come together to give the Christmas gift of a new playground to a little girl with special needs.

She may look like your typical 12-year-old, but Gabriel is so much more than that.

At 8-years-old Gabriel was diagnosed with a brain disorder that affects one in a million people worldwide called Periventricular nodular heterotopia or PVNH. 

She'll never mentally develop past a young grade schooler, but she's found a love for all big things that roll, for instance a school bus.

One day during class, Gabriel's mom who's a teacher at Gallatin High School mentioned her Christmas wish list. "She said I want a school bus and a real one," Gabriel's mom, Amy Howell said.

Senior Jessica Smith decided it should happen. So far, she's found a bus to renovate and had it towed to Gallatin High School's football stadium where work has begun. However, they have a long way to go.

She's got the vision, the heart and some friends to help, all to give Gabriel the Christmas she wants. "I can't wait to see her face on Christmas eve. She's going to be so excited," said Smith.

Smith has set up a gofundme page to help purchase items that will fill the bus. She also planned on being at the Gallatin High School football stadium all day on Sunday and welcomes any volunteers who want to help.

On Christmas eve, Dad's Towing has volunteered their services to tow the bus to Gabriel's home for the big surprise