Hugo Bates, The Bubble Gum Man

The Bubble Gum Man is the story of Hugo Bates, a kind man who does one thing extremely well: He makes people feel that they have value. Hugo has been walking up to people for 40 years, giving them a piece of bubble gum and reminding them that the world is a better place for them being here. People believe him. And, because of that, people feel better about themselves. Hugo is especially supportive of young people. He helps out around the school in all kinds of ways -- everything from the high school band to helping children out of the cars in the morning at the elementary school. Hugo reminds people that life is good and, because of that, he has helped to make his town of Athens, Alabama, a better place.

Produced by students from Athens High School, Athens, Alabama.