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A different kind of Halloween story

Staff member makes sure student has memorable experience

  • Owen Webb and his UPS truck.

  • Pat Patterson shows off the UPS truck he made for Owen Webb.

During Halloween, one might expect to hear stories about ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night.

People look for haunts and hauntings and expect (or at least, hope) to be scared.

What they don’t expect is a story about kindness — a story that just might touch some hearts.

Clinton City Schools provided such a story this past Halloween.

Owen Webb was born with Krabbe’s Disease.

A student in the Clinton City School system, Webb gets around with the use of a walker.

Other than using a walker, he is no different from any other child when it comes to celebrating Halloween. He, too, wanted to go trick-or-treating and have the experience of dressing up for the event.

And just like a number of children on this day, he wanted to dress like a hero — his hero.

His father.

Owen’s father is a driver for UPS and he wanted to be just his father this Halloween.

Pat Patterson, head of maintenance with Clinton City schools, heard about Owen’s Halloween wish.

And he did something about it.

Patterson engineered a cardboard UPS truck that would support Owen’s walker and allow him to “drive” the vehicle while trick-or-treating.

Owen’s UPS truck even came with working headlights and taillights.

Patterson’s kindness soon spread through Clinton City Schools and it touched many hearts.

And it made one young boy tremendously happy.

“Clinton City Schools believes that people make the difference - not programs,” Director of Clinton City Schools Kelly Johnson wrote when sharing this story of Pat Patterson and Owen Webb.

Patterson is definitely one who pours his heart and soul into the students at CCS.