IOWA CITY, IA (KCRG-TV9)-- She's known as Grandma Betty around the Midland School district. That's where Betty Anderson has spent more than 45 years working as a school bus driver and volunteer. You could catch her chaperoning dances, teaching them how to dab, or just spreading cheer in the hallways.
"I say, 'Come here, you need a hug,'” said Anderson. “So I always give them a big old hug. They walk away with a smile on their face."
"Betty is the soul,” said Lennie Miller with the Midland School District. “She is kind of the heartbeat for the community, and for the kids."
Anderson is also a regular at sporting events.
"I go to all of the games,” she said. “No matter if it's football, basketball, anything. If the kids need something, and they don't have it, and I have it. I always give it to them."
For the baseball team, don't bring that foul mouth around Grandma Betty.
"I catch them, and I charge them fifty cents for each swear word," she said.
She had to stop volunteering late last year.
"Well, I ended up having a stroke,” she explained.
She spent a month rehabbing at the Monticello Rehab Center.
"[The stroke] affected my arm, my right arm. I didn't have any motion in it,” she said. “I couldn't do nothing. It also affected my right leg."
The kids made sure Grandma Betty knew she wasn't forgotten. Midland football players filmed a get well video with our KCRG 9.2 crew. The wrestling team also honored her.
"They ended up giving me flowers. The crowd clapped,” she said. "It was a good feeling. Because they are my family, they are my other family."
Betty is tackling rehab with the goal of returning back to the sidelines one day. "I was a go getter. I ain't ever stayed home much,” she said. “I plan on doing everything I did before.”