It took 6 weeks for high school students to transform a dilapidated school bus into Gabrielleâ€™s dream playhouse. Gabrielle is the daughter of Amy Howell, a high school health care teacher in Westmoreland, Tennessee. Howell told her class about her daughterâ€™s unusual Christmas wish list and jokingly asked, â€œDo you know anybody whoâ€™s got an old bus or van?â€ She never imagined her students making her wish come true.
Gabrielle has a rare brain disorder called bilateral periventricular nodular heterotopia (PVNH), which prevents her brain from developing normally and sometimes leaves her â€œstuck mentally at 3 years old.â€
With the help of many donations through a GoFundMe page, the truck was towed, wheels were replaced, the inside was carpeted and the entire bus was painted inside and out, reading â€œGabbyâ€™s School Bus.â€ The newly transformed school bus was delivered to Howellâ€™s property on Christmas Eve with Santa inside to personally give Gabby the only gift she asked for. See the story here.