82-year-old elementary school volunteer Dick Leeper has been ‘Grandpa’ to hundreds of kids

The 82-year-old has walked through the doors of Council Bluffs’ Roosevelt Elementary almost every school day for 16 years. While his friends are enjoying retirement on the golf course, Leeper is ambling down the school hallways with a smile. He gets hugs and fields morning greetings from the children and staff as he makes his way to Anne Brooks’ fourth-grade classroom.
He comes before 8 a.m. — he wants to be there when the kids arrive — and rarely leaves before noon. Officially, he’s there to help Brooks’ students with reading and math. Unofficially, he’s also there to brighten their days and do everything he can to be a positive influence.
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