"Grandpa" Dedicates Time in the Classroom

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Frederick Hollis reads along with first graders at Tallahassee's Oak Ridge Elementary, but these children only know Hollis by one name, Grandpa Hollis.

"I am a celebrity, sometimes I have to examine my head to see if my head size changed, because I hear grandpa so much," said Frederick Hollis.

Sally Feehrer is the class’ teacher and said, "He's famous, they love him, and I don't think they'll ever forget their experience with him."

On the eve of his 93rd birthday, Grandpa Hollis stays on his toes working as a foster grandparent.

"Sometimes it taxes me to keep up with the kids," said Hollis.

Five days a week, Grandpa Hollis brings discipline and wisdom into the classroom.

"Grandpa is a nice man, he helps us learn and he gives us SRA cards to challenge our skills," said Deanthony Swatzie, a first grader at Oak Ridge.

It’s a challenge that's proved successful.

"Half of our children now are reading above grade level, because of the way he has done this, I wish we had one in every classroom," said Feehrer.

Alexis Evans loves Grandpa and said, "Grandpa is a nice man, he is a special spirit."

The children aren't the only ones who benefit from the experience.

"I get a lot of enjoyment, pleasure, it's a reciprocal thing," said Hollis.

Hollis volunteers at the school through elder care services.