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ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH | DISPATCH RECORD Lydia Jones loads up in the car for her first day back at Cleveland Elementary School after she was injured in a bus crash just outside Lampasas on Sept. 29.
ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH | DISPATCH RECORD Lydia Jones loads up in the car for her first day back at Cleveland Elementary School after she was injured in a bus crash just outside Lampasas on Sept. 29.

As a 10-year-old Norman, Oklahoma girl returned to class after a school bus crash on U.S. Highway 281 near the Lampasas Municipal Airport, her family has praised the Lampasas community for its support during a difficult time. 
Lydia Jones has recovered from serious head injuries and recently returned to school after the Sept. 29 bus accident that left several passengers injured and three hospitalized. Her father sent a special message to Lampasas County Sheriff Jess Ramos.
“Sheriff Ramos and the Lampasas community, we just wanted to send you a huge thank you from our family for the donations and prayers for our family during this extremely hard time for us,” Brian Jones wrote. “We cannot put into words how grateful we are for all of your community support for us and Lydia. Your prayers and blessings have helped our baby girl start healing!”
The letter contained photos of Lydia returning to school and surrounded by her classmates. The entire fifth-grade class had been on the way to SeaWorld in San Antonio on a drizzly day when the bus hydroplaned just outside of town.
Ramos said this thank you was especially meaningful to him.
“I was at the hospital when the neurosurgeon told [the family] she took a turn for the worse,” Ramos said. “I witnessed the family crumble right before me. That was very hard. I have a 10-year-old myself.”
To offer help with expenses while the Jones family was staying in Temple where Lydia was hospitalized, Ramos and other members of the sheriff’s department organized a fundraiser that garnered $6,200 in a matter of 30 hours. 
When the check was presented to the family, “I saw them break down in tears of happiness and support. It was emotional to my heart to see that,” Ramos said.
He praised the efforts of sheriff’s office officials and Lampasas school district officials for their assistance with a very hectic situation the day of the crash. 
“The staff contacted each [Oklahoma] parent around six times on their [the parents] trips to Lampasas to keep them apprised of the situation,” the sheriff said. 
Ramos also praised Storm’s Drive-In for donating food to the rest of the Cleveland Elementary School students who were awaiting parent pick-up at the Lampasas Middle School campus after the accident. 
“The community started pouring in with water, snacks, sodas and games,” Ramos said. “It was beautiful to see that all come together.” 
Ramos has been in touch with Norman Public Schools administrators since the accident and said both teachers who were injured in the crash have been released from the hospital as well. 
To celebrate the recovery of the students and teachers, Cleveland Elementary School held a field day.
“[Cleveland Elementary administrators] said they had a big field day with all the kids, and they used the [leftover] snacks and drinks the Lampasas community provided,” Ramos said. “They said, ‘It was Lampasas that came through for us again.’"