Providence Academy Bus Driver Receives Birthday Surprise
Dozens of people came out to support Providence Academy bus driver Dewey Hibben on his birthday. Students and teachers paraded past his Plymouth home singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and waving hello.
“It was a complete surprise. My heart started pumping. I think I got tears in my eyes almost immediately, said Hibben.
On Sunday, Hibben got a knock on his door from the school nurse. She said a few Providence students wanted to sing happy birthday to him. But to his surprise, about 75 students, teachers, alumni paraded past his Plymouth home, wishing him a happy birthday. They honked their horns, held up posters, and shouted, “happy birthday.” Hibben’s voice quivered as he remembered the celebration.
“It was absolutely unbelievable,” said Hibben. “Many alumni drove by, and of course, I think some of these people being home now because of the virus, they drove by, and I recognize them. Some of these people live out of state, and they still took the time to drive by and wish me birthday wishes.”
Hibben has worked at Providence Academy for ten years. School officials say they wanted to thank him for getting students safely to and from school. They say Hibben is a positive force in the community and is one of the biggest cheerleaders and supporters of students, especially student-athletes.
“I love the children. People ask me how many kids do you have? And I say a little over 800, is probably what I have. Because that’s what our school has,” said Hibben. “I will always cheer for our students, and the opposing students, too.”