Westmoreland Community Raises Money to Buy Custodian a Car

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 20:47:57-05

A community rallies around a custodian who totaled her car in an accident earlier this month.

Penny Calvert, known as Ms. Penny to students, has been a custodian at Westmoreland High School for 14 years. 

Penny totaled her car in an accident earlier this month. She was planning to save her money to buy a new car, but knew it would take some time.

When the community heard about what happened, they were quick to step in. Parents, students, faculty, and local churches pitched in and raised $5,000 dollars so that Penny could have a new set of wheels. They presented her the car last Monday.

"A humbling experience," said Penny Calvert.  "When I had that wreck I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.  I just prayed and put it in God's hands.  I never thought this is how it would be answered."

The principal presented the car to Penny in front of the whole student body. She's been driving it to and from school ever since.

"It's just a tight knit community and she's a great woman," said Zeke White, a student at Westmoreland High School.  "In her time of need and anyone's time of need we just help out."

Penny does not have any children so she says she looks at the students as if they were her own.

"There's so many things that are special and I'll remember this till I'm 100," said Principal Rick Duffer.