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School volunteer goes the extra mile

One Macon mom couldn't walk her kids to school and a teacher at the Bruce Elementary School noticed and asked a volunteer if she could help.

From late November to January, Marie Hamilton walked Najee Golphin, 6, and his 5-year-old sister, Keomara Roberts to school. Just before that, the family welcomed a new baby sister into their family and that meant their mom couldn't take her other kids to school.

"What she did, that's better than receiving a million dollars," said Keoto Roberts.

"There was a need, and it was something that I could do," said Hamilton.

At first, the kids lived less than a mile from Bruce Elementary but then they moved farther away. But that didn't deter Hamilton. Rain, cold, or shine, the school volunteer was there. She walked around five miles round-trip.

Each day was a lesson, whether it was the ABCs or chatting about the sky. "Talk about how we do good," said Najee.

The first grader and kindergartner said Hamilton made them feel safe. "Because I can't get hit by no people," he added.

The Bibb County school district last month gave Hamilton their Extra Mile Award. Hamilton said her mother instilled in her the importance of giving back.

But she also says she didn't mind all that walking, she has a partially blocked artery and appreciated the exercise.

The kids started taking the bus at then end of January.


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