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Charles Frierson

Position: Bus Driver
School: Cane Bay Middle School
School District: Berkeley County School District
City, State: Summerville, SC

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Charles Frierson was nominated by Tyra Ramsey.

"Courageous, Caring, Compassionate," said Ramsey, "Mr. Charles shows compassion day end and day out. He does so much more than drive the bus. He shows each student that boards the bus individualized attention. That is not easy to do with 78 elementary students on board at once, but he does it gracefully." 

"I will implore you to look on youtube.com and type in 'Mr. Charles makes a difference in Kameron's Life.' Long story short, Mr. Charles assisted in allowing Kameron to come to the bus early in the afternoons if he had a good day in school. Before that, Kameron's mom was called daily about his behavior. He was unwilling to sit in groups for classroom exercises or cooperate with his teacher. He spent his day in the office," said Ramsey.

Comments (57)

Lisa Bennett Posted 2 months ago

Mr. Charles is a phenomenal driver..he's loves his children dearly and has a great spirit. I'am grateful to have had the privilege to see how wonderful he is with his children and as a bus driver.

Kierra Moree Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations, Uncle! I am so proud of you. This nomination is well deserved. I love you! #LCOY

Kareema Hines Posted 3 months ago

Mr.Charles is an amazing person that I was able to work with @ DD2.He had a route that we would tag team on to get the kiddos home or go to help another driver.Congratulation Sir!!

Christian J. Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations, Charles! Charles is one of the kindest souls I’ve known. With a heart as pure as gold, it was inevitable that he’d one day get the recognition he truly deserves. Today, I am giving you your flowers! Blessed to know and love you, Charles! Keep up the good work! :) #LCOY

CS Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations Unc! Well deserved and I’m proud of you! Love you! #LCOY

Cyd Posted 3 months ago

I am thankful that I have had the pleasure of knowing Charles my entire life. He has always been a selfless and giving person. I have watched him interact with the youth of our community for decades. He is not just a man of words, but a man of action. Charles is an outstanding person. He is not just a great mentor and friend, but a wonderful son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather. I’m very grateful to have him as a part of my life.

Mary Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations, little brother!! I'm sooooo very proud of you and pray that God continues to bless and keep you. I love you much!!

Lanetra Boyd Posted 3 months ago

Charles is always the men who will help without thinking twice about it. The Love he have for the children and people means alot to this world. God made a great one for our world to have! I always was told Love Is as what Love does meaning it will never leave that true real person. Congratulations Charles Frierson.

Sinthera Posted 3 months ago

Cool, confident, supportive. When we're in a pinch to get things completed ; he across the radio " this is rt#...talk to me" . He willing to serve. We appreciate you.

Dr. DaNine J. Fleming Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Frierson is simply amazing! Although he is never a person who wants to be in the forefront, I am glad he is receiving the recognition that he deserves. May the work that you do always speak for you!! #LCOY

Jeabette Brown Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations Job well done! We do need more father figure in this society today, Keep up the good work!

Philisa Claridy Posted 3 months ago

Charles Frierson, Is very caring, understanding, and compassionate toward young children, If he sees that they are not happy, he would go and find out what is going on with that student. and give them some kind words that would uplift their spirits. So that the Children would feel like someone cares.

Robyn Porter Posted 3 months ago

Awesome Job Mr. Frierson!! Well deserved Sir. Congratulations. God Bless You

Betty Ford Posted 3 months ago

Awesome job Mr. Charles!

Craig Udelhoven Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Charles, You are a true inspiration and a great example to the other bus drivers, bus assistants and staff to follow. You have went above and beyond your duties as a bus driver and showed the children on your bus and their parents that you take your job very serious and that the children on your bus are more than just a number, they are family too. I always say that we should treat the children on the bus the way we want others to treat our children. Thank you for all that you do for these children, the Berkeley County School District Transportation Team and the Berkeley County School District.

Shemika Posted 3 months ago

To be able to change a kids life is so AMAZING. Job well done Mr. Charles. #LCOY

Ira McNeil Posted 3 months ago

This man here is a good man. No matter the situation he will be real with you and tell it like it is. There’s nobody better he deserves everything good that comes his way #LCOY

Katie Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Charles has been such a blessing to my son and our neighborhood friends. We couldn't have asked for a better bus driver and friend to our kids. #LCOY

Tatyana Posted 3 months ago

The world would be a much more pleasant place with more people like Mr. Charles in it. He’s a great leader and, an fantastic encourager. Mr. Charles deserves this award because of selfishness; always putting others needs before his own! We love you Coach!!!

Lauren Saunders Posted 3 months ago

Charles has always been a great guy, I got injured in a softball tournament one time and he continued to reach out and check me and offered his help where it was needed. He is always friendly with great humor, never fails to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Sarah Bosc Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Charles (Coach Frie) is one of the most genuine, caring, dedicated men I have ever met. The way he treats his family and treats the whole team like family too is amazing!!! Nobody better for #LCOY

Selita Brown Posted 3 months ago

Coach Fri is what I call him! He’s only of a kind! I met Coach through softball from playing against his daughter to him now coaching us on the same team! He keeps us laughing and it’s always a good time when he’s around. If there’s anything Coach can do he will do it!! One thing I can say he loves the kids every one of our kids hold a special place in his heart. Coach has a heart of gold and I’m so glad he’s being recognized…

Amani McNeil Posted 3 months ago

Charles aka Coach Fri is a very kind, loving and caring guy. This guy has a big HEART. He will go over and beyond for anyone. He is a very positive role model especially to our younger generation. I love you Coach Fri #LCOY

DeAishia Roberts Posted 3 months ago

Good hearted man/coach that welcomed me into his family/team with nothing but love and support so congratulations Coach Fri you deserve it

Ebony Butler Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Charles has a lasting affect on everyone. He is truly a man with a heart of gold!

Kindrea McNeil Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Frierson “Coach Fri” is a wonderful leader that is full of positivity. He finds the light in any situation. Always offer an encouraging word for every situation. Keep spreading the love coach!

Colleen Posted 3 months ago

I have had the pleasure of playing softball with Mr. Charles daughter for the past few years and only recently got to meet/know him! In that short time, I can say Mr. Charles is a caring friend, supportive and loving father, and a sincere family man. He is a role model to all that know him. There is no better candidate for #LCOY!!

Karen Holmes Posted 3 months ago

Charles is a very nice and supportive coach. He is always willing to help when needed and he loves the kids

Dante Brown Posted 3 months ago

The saying is what’s understood doesn’t need to be explained, if you know Charles aka Fri aka Coach Fri you know that he is one way all the time. Coach Fri has been like a big brother to me and I appreciate him for that. Coach Fri is loved by many, especially the kids. He has a special gift when it comes to the kids, he knows how to get them laughing and having fun. Coach Fri keep doing what your doing brother.

Tisa Whack Posted 3 months ago

Charles Frierson aka Coach Frierson has always been a champion for the youth. He coached little league baseball and football and my son was one of his players over 15 years ago. He has always motivated and supported our youth. He is the definition of the village that is needed in our communities and schools.

Ralynn Rivers Posted 3 months ago

This guy is AMAZING! His genuine love for God and others are exactly what we need in our schools! He’s such a kind guy and we appreciate his genuineness !! #LCOY

Keisha Baker Posted 3 months ago

Thank you for your support and the direction you've gave to my daughter during this softball season. It takes a special person to go over and beyond to make sure a difference is being made in these young children and young adults lives

Lucilla Gammons Posted 3 months ago

I am proud to have the same blood running in my veins as this well mannered, mentor, coach in his community. Such a positive, God fearing,respectable, caring human being.He have change so many young lives in his years of coaching,umpiring baseball.And yes driving his school bus.His compassion for children is his calling from God.And he is living his life being an inspiration to others.He is a true LIFECHANGER!!

Patricia Harrison Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations Coach!You deserve it your a great coach and your awesome with the kids on and off the clock..We need more father figures like you.Great Job

Christopher Holmes Holmes Posted 3 months ago

Great person with a big heart

Jordan Deaton Posted 3 months ago

I havent known Charles very long, but he is one of the most caring and passionate people I have ever met. He has made me feel like family since day 1 and is always so kind!

Stacey Frierson Posted 3 months ago

Charles Frierson (my husband) has always had a heart for children from coaching Little League baseball and football. He has always shown compassion and Love for everyone he comes in contact with. Even As adults they still call him Coach Fri and always thank him for what he has instilled in them. I've been married to this wonderful MAN of mine for 24 years and counting it makes me so proud to call him MY KING!! Kameron (his little buddy) as he so affectionately calls him, has really touched his heart in a special way. He comes home every day talking about him!! The Love they have for each other is unmatched!!

Dawn Posted 3 months ago

It only takes 1 person to make a difference for a child. God bless Mr Charles for being that person. Bus drivers often go unnoticed but it is the start to the day and what a way to start by knowing you are loved

Charlenia Posted 3 months ago

We appreciate your love and support to our community!

VR Mack Posted 3 months ago

Charles Frierson really is a caring and kind person. He makes a positive impact on everyone he comes in contact with, especially his student riders. He is a true role model. #LCOY

Elizabeth Smith Posted 3 months ago

Awesome sauce cuz and congratulations!!!

Aaron McLeod Posted 3 months ago

My name is Aaron McLeod and formerly for two and a half years I've spent as a School Bus (SPED) Driver for Dorchester School District Two, I've worked with some of the best colleagues there, and one of them was Mr. Charles Frierson. He is truly a man that I've respected. Not only I've had the opportunity to worked with him, but I've also worked with his wife, Stacey for SPED. You want to talk about someone making a difference, just take a look of that exclusive interview of "Mr. Charles makes a difference in Kameron's Life", even though that interview moved me to tears, but it's well worth to watch. Not only Mr. Frierson was a colleague of mine, but he's also a family friend. My oldest brother, Charles McLeod, who was also a former School Bus Driver at Dorchester District Two, well both of them had history of working together every since the summer program which was sponsored by JTPA back in the day when they were teenagers. To sum this up, using his name, there are fifteen ways to describe Mr. Charles Frierson, and here it goes: He's Caring Honest Awesome person Respected Loyal Excellent Sensible Fair & a family man Reasonable Inspiring Eager Resilient Saint Outstanding Noble What can I say? It's been an honor not only to work with him, but also being his friend. So Congratulations Mr. Charles Frierson on your nomination.

Margaret mcneil Posted 3 months ago

Charles is a awesome man he deserves it

Timothy Posted 3 months ago

#LCOY JOB WELL DONE MR. CHARLES! IT IS HONOR THAT YOU CAME INTO THE DISTRICT AND WORK WORK WORK BUT NOT AT LEAST YOU CAME AND CHANGE A YOUNG BOY LIFE COMPLETELY. IT AIN'T TO MANY PEOPLE COULD HAVE DONE IT.

Shemika Frierson Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations! #LCOY Best Wishes Charles Frierson! You are so deserving of this award. May the good Lord continue to use you and bless you to be a blessing to others. Safe travels and have a great year. Love you!

Sherelle Brooks Posted 3 months ago

Coach Fri is the definition of the “village” and I say that because as a former player on his softball team, I have witnessed first hand his interaction with all children around him including mine. Majority of the nominees are teachers, but as a bus driver who does not have the kids for the amount of time the teachers do on a daily basis, I’d say he is definitely a LifeChanger of the year! He’s amazing!

Delphine Oliver Posted 3 months ago

Mr.Charles is a awesome role model he is a man if God who loves all of Gods people regardless of their gender identity or color mr. Charles will make you smile and help you feel good about yourself

Kelly Isenberg Posted 3 months ago

We just love Mr. Charles. My son Kameron (the one in the video) just absolutely loves spending time with Mr. Charles, as he has truly changed his life. Every time Kameron gets to see Mr. Charles, he completely lights up. Mr. Charles is one of a kind and we are very special to have him in our lives!!

Chameicka Gibbs Posted 3 months ago

Charles Frierson has always been a caring, compassionate, selfless, loving man, etc. I can go on and on about the person he is. He always given of his time and puts others first. Mr. Frierson has a heart of gold and would literally give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I can't think of anyone more deserving of such an honor.

Trina Brown-Linning Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations! #LCOY Best Wishes to Charles Frierson! He is so deserving of this award. Charles has always been a caring and kind person, and always willing to do for others. May the good Lord continue to use him and bless him to be a blessing to others. Safe travels to all and have a great year.

Cindy Posted 3 months ago

I have known this young man all of my life and he has always had this kind an loving. He is so deserving of this award it is truly an honor to know him and to know him is to love him. #LCOY

Vicki Posted 3 months ago

He is a very nice person my nieces love him as their bus driver the most careful person I have ever met him and his wife I love all of them.

Deborah Mccoy Posted 3 months ago

Awesome awards for an awesome person, so deserving!!

Rodessa Scoggins Posted 3 months ago

Charles Frierson has always been a good person , willing to help anyone that he could . Charles loves everyone and has never allowed the color of a person skin to dictate his love . Charles if I haven't told you lately I am so Godly proud of the man that you are .

Mindy Branham Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Charles is the most caring person and definitely deserves to be LifeChanger of the Year! He touches the lives of our children every day and they look forward to seeing his smiling face every day!

The Life Posted 3 months ago

Congratulations for the nominee, Mr. Charles. I thank you, Mr. Charles, for everything you do in our community. Statewide also and hope you win.

JACKIE Posted 3 months ago

Great work Charles you deserve nothing but the best. It takes a village to raise a child. Your job is not easy but you make it looks like a piece of cake. Congratulations and keep up the good work.