WATCH: Spreading the love! Vancouver Island high school students pull off an emotional surprise for waving granny
With Valentine’s Day this weekend, some Vancouver Island high school students are spreading the love to one very special senior.
“It’s just a lovely thing to do and I think it brings a strong sense of community that’s really needed,” says Highland Secondary student Jessica Baldwin.
The Comox Valley students — armed with heart bouquets made from milk jugs — decided to embark on a very special Valentine’s surprise for Tinney Davidson.
The 86-year-old Comox woman is best known as the waving granny, for her waves and warm smiles at kids walking by her house on the way to school.
“I think now everyone does it out of habit — it’s weird not to,” says Highland student Benjamin Coats.
Tinney made headlines two years ago when Highland students decided to show her the love with a special Valentine’s Day assembly that saw the students stand up and wave at her. The story quickly went viral and was shared all over the world.
“She’s still waving and she’s still so happy and our kids are waving to her every day and she actually has become really important in our larger school community,” says Highland math teacher Charlotte Hood-Tanner.
So the kids decided to surprise Tinney again by walking to her house, carrying their colourful lawn hearts to ‘love bomb’ her yard.
When they arrive, Tinney’s shocked and surprised at the spectacle.
“You’re making me cry!” an emotional Tinney said to the students. “I had no idea, it’s just shock, I’m in shock and I am just so overwhelmed once again.”
But the outpouring of love goes both ways, with Tinney tearing up as she talks about the kids that mean so much to her.
“I just can’t express my love for these kids — waving to them each morning is just a wonderful way to start my day.”