Raymond Brown has never thought in his life that he would be presented with such a huge “Thank You” Gift. Raymond Brown is a custodian at White Oak Elementary School, Edenton, North Carolina. In the institution, he has tons of responsibilities, and he does his job with all his heart.
Through the years, parents and people always use to admire him, for how he treats the teachers and students. Every day, he is always the first one to arrive at work and is always available to people, who need his help. His deeds have made such a deep impact on the people, that he was nominated to a local recognition contest for exemplary school staff.
Amos is a 7-year-old kid, who has autism and is completely non-verbal.
His mom, Adrian Wood had already sent her three kids to the school, White Oak Elementary School, Edenton, North Carolina, but when it was Amos’s turn to start the classes, she started becoming anxious.
In an interview, Adrian said to Today, “Sending three typical kids to school — you’re sad, but you’re excited for them. Sending Amos to school was such a different path. He was 3 when he started school. He was in diapers and he didn’t speak.”
Amos has to struggle a lot for making friends and fitting in with other students at school, but there was one person in the school, who was always overjoyed to Amos, and that is Raymond Brown, a custodian.
Raymond Brown has been working for the school for the past 15 years, so all the students know him and have become his friends.
Raymond Brown started calling Amos “Famous Amos”. To this, one day Adrian saw his son responding to him with a cheerful “Hey Brown”, and the mom was surprised to see this, as her non-verbal son has started responding. Adrian said, “He wasn’t even saying ‘daddy’ at that point, so it was really something.”
It has also shown the kids of the school, how to behave with Amos.
Adrian said, “Amos is a hard friend to have. He takes a lot more than he gives and that’s tough for children. But those kids saw that he was popular and loved, and they started fi-ghting over who would get to hold Amos’ hand on the way to the classroom. It meant so much to me for him to be so favored by the other children at school, and Mr. Brown had a big hand in that.”
Later, The North Carolina School Heroes started a contest and fielded out a grand prize of $10,000 for honoring the people like Raymond Brown. But Raymond Brown was not able to win the contest, to his Adrian was h-eartbr-oken.
Adrian posted on social media, “I cried when I heard the news. I’m not much of a crier, at least over losing a contest.” Adrian could not see Raymond Brown’s disappointing results, so she decided to give him a prize, he deserves.
She devised a plan and created a “Famous Amos” prize to collect a prize for an unsung hero and in just a week she received a $35000 donation from her neighbors.
The school officials and the people of the town gathered for celebrating Brown and give him the prize money. It was a surprise party for him, he was being told that it was a photo s-hoot for his 38th wedding anniversary, so he dressed in a tuxedo.
Adrian said, “Mr. Brown is really, truly so deserving of all of this and then some.
He’s our rock steady fella here at White Oak… he’s just a gem and we are so lucky to have him here. There isn’t a child in this building that doesn’t know who Mr. Brown is and that Mr. Brown cares for them and loves them.” The Principle Michelle Newsome handed a giant check to Brown and thanked him for all his help.
Brown said and he was surprised by the even and he cannot explain how grateful he was to receive this recognition. Now he and his wife are planning to use the money for visiting their family and also do some work on their house. When someone gives you an entirely different prize for losing a contest and a bigger one at that, you know you did something spectacular.