JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Tears of joy were shed by a Jackson woman Thursday. Mary Jasper suffered a heart attack last fall and damaged her car.
A Jackson Public Schools employee, Johnnie Griffith found her co-worker in tears, worried about transportation and that's when she stepped in.
Griffith works during the day for JPS and two nights a week takes classes at the Career Development Center on First Avenue.
That's where Griffith learned to repair vehicles. With the help of her instructors and classmates Griffith replaced the damaged hood, bumper, headlight and frame of the car.
Thursday night they surprised the owner.
"This is a pleasant surprise for me as well, that we could have a female come in and get so much from this class and develop her skills the way she has," said CDC Principal, Melvin Johnson.
"CDC as a whole there, some people don't realize what a jewel it is over here because not only do you learn the trade, but you learn how to work with people. When you get out into the workforce, you gotta get along with people," said Griffith.
"I'm thinking that my daughter was taking my car in the afternoon going to classes and she's bringing it up here to the CDC to have it worked on and I had no idea what was going on," said Jasper.
39 different programs are taught at CDC.
There is a night program for adults.
The car will be sanded down, painted and then returned to the proud owner.
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