Commuter Dude: Students now have safe walk to playground

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Another Christmas is in the books, but the gifts keep coming for the Porter Academy in Roswell, courtesy of a Commuter Dude Random Act of Kindness.

Concerned about the safety of her students, Barbara Richard contacted 11Alive. The Porter Academy is a small school for students with learning differences like mild autism. Their walk to the playground is littered with potholes, puddles, and loose gravel.

"They were coming in with scrapes and bruises and bumps and tears," said Richard. "Now, hopefully it's all gone."

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Richard contacted 11Alive hoping for advice. Commuter Dude contacted his brother-in-law, who is the co-owner of Hemma Concrete. Dude-in-law Reg Cook didn't hesitate to help, and over the holiday break, Hemma Concrete installed a walkway to guide students past the hazards, all free of charge.

"The last place you want them to be unsafe is at school, going to a playground and recess," said Cook. "This was a great opportunity."

The new walkway will greet students when they return to school on Tuesday.

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