Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Distance learners still need Grandpa Ron

Back in March, 2020, when the pandemic began, Ron Jacobson had already logged 900 volunteer hours at an elementary school in Cle Elum, Washington, during the 2019-2020 school year. Then the school closed and went to virtual instruction. That's when Ron realized his legacy. Students were missing the hugs he gave them every morning. The school received so many requests for "Grandpa Ron" as students called him, that administrators added his contact information to the school's online directory.

Students immediately began sending him emails and letters, and even coming to his home to check up on him and walk his dog. Jacobson responds to each of his many "pen pals" adding a bright spot to students' days. A Vietnam veteran, he says, "The Marine Corps taught me two things are most important: to complete a mission and take care of your troops. I'm still taking care of the troops." It's just that they are 75 years younger than he is.

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