‘Very grateful’: Middle school student’s note to car owner goes viral


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW/WLWT) – A sixth-grader is being celebrated for stepping up when an adult did not. She came back to leave a note on a car that was allegedly damaged by her bus driver. The sixth-grader explained that her bus had hit the car and driven away.

A Canisius College upperclassman, Andrew Sipowicz, shared the note alongside two pictures on his Twitter feed with the caption: “Shoutout to the anonymous 6th grader for saving me a couple thousand (Bus not drawn to scale).”

He also shared this: “Update: The student who wrote the letter has been found and we’re in the process of finding a way to reward her for her actions. Very grateful for what she did”

The note reads:

If you wondering what happen to your car.

Bus: 449 hit your car It stops here everyday to drop me off.

At 5:00pm.

What happened? She was trying to pull off and hit the car. She hit and run. She tried to tear over and squeeze threw but couldn’t. She actually squeezed threw. She made a dent and I saw what happened.


-Driver seat left door

-A lady in the bus driver seat 499.

-Buffalo Public School bus

-A 6th grader at Houghten Academy

She also included a drawing of the bus that hit the car.

WKBW-TV spoke with Houghton Academy — Buffalo PS 69 — about the sixth-grade student.

Vice Principal Kevin Garcia said the school will be “celebrating her outstanding leadership” and presenting her with a citizenship award in the upcoming weeks. The student’s teacher also took to Twitter to share his congrats.

A Buffalo Schools spokeswoman added: “Kudos to the sixth-grader. We always tell our students if they see something to say something.”

The bus company, First Student, said the bus driver will be terminated.

Sipowicz called First Student, and a representative followed up the day after the accident to do a report. The company confirmed in a statement to CNN that representatives met with Sipowicz to initiate the insurance process.

“We will cover the full cost of the repair to his vehicle as well as a loaner while his car is in the shop,” the company said.

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