Fred Barley is focused on going to school. The 19-year-old is from Conyers, Georgia but he attends Gordon State College in Barnesville. The distance between the two cities is 50 miles long. Nonetheless, Fred was not going to miss his opportunity to sign up for his second semester.
Majoring in biology, the student hopes to one day attend medical school. So it is no surprise he is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to reach his goal. Once Fred signed up for school, he could not afford to drive back and forth from one city to another. Nor did he have a job to pay for his dorm room.
The teen spent his days looking for a job to pay for his housing as well as food. All it took was for a guardian angel to find him and change his life.
The teen wanted to make sure he was signed up for college even though he didn’t have the transportation to get there.
Fred borrowed his younger brother’s bike to ride for six hours to get from Conyers to Barnesville, Georgia. The weather in Georgia this time of year is well over 100 ℉ and Fred made it to his college on a 20″ kid’s bike.
The only thing the teen had with him were two duffel bags and two gallons of water.
The student only had a box of cereal to eat from.
Police officers found Fred sleeping in a tent near his college.
Officer Richard Carreker could not believe the teen was sleeping outside and riding his sibling’s bike which was way too small for him. The police officers did not give Fred a ticket, instead they chose to help him out
The officers paid for Barley to stay in a motel for two nights.
For Fred, the act of kindness was something that moved him. “The stuff that’s happening with police officers, I am black and he didn’t care what color I was. He just helped me, and that meant a lot,” says Fred.
Carreker posted on Facebook his encounter with Fred. From there the power of social media took over.
Local resident, Casey Blaney, set up a GoFundMe page to help Fred with food, housing, clothes, and tuition.
“I was not expecting any of this support and am in awe of how this community has come together to help me,” says Fred of the amount of support he has received.
When Fred was initially asked what he needed he said he just wanted to find a job. He had no idea what was to come.
Fred was offered a job on the spot when a pizza owner heard of the teen’s story.
Debbie Adamson, the owner of DB’s Pizzeria said, “I created a position for him before he walked in my door. I didn’t know his name. I didn’t know the color of his skin. I didn’t care.”
Fred has even made new friends who have taken him to horse riding lessons.
For officer Carreker it was easy to want to help Fred. “After meeting Fred, I could tell he was a good kid,” says Carreker about the student he helped. “He was a young kid who had been dealt a bad hand and was trying to make the best out of it.”
Fred has received donations from all over the country to get through school from books, clothes.
After completing his studies in biology, Fred has his heart set on going to medial school.
Now moved into his dorm and ready to start school, Fred promises to be smart how he spends his the money that will help him through school.
“I promise you if I don’t need it immediately, it’s going to go away to savings. I aspire to be in med school. So I’m going to use it when I get out, hopefully,” explains Fred.