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Kilgour teacher: Rock my socks off
MT LOOKOUT, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- The students at Kilgour Elementary can't wait to get to school every morning and it's largely because of one very special teacher.
Rickie Bell greets the students at Kilgour Elementary like it's the first day of school every year. "Mr. Bell is awesome. He's been here for a long time, and ever since I was in kindergarten, he's made me feel special at this school," says sixth grader Benaiah Hutchings.
That's kind of mister bell's thing. When asked how to do you remember all the names, he says "well, it's practice, practice, practice. The desire to make kids feel like you really know them. Hey! Mr. Bronzie!"
He knows all the parents too. "We look forward to coming to school every day because of Mr. Bell. My one son had trouble in kindergarten, but after he met Mr. bell, piece of cake."
"When I saw him for the first time, there were tears. Because it's kindergarten, and it's hard to say goodbye to your kids, but not here, not with mr. Bell."
It may be a high five, could be a hug, but more often than not, though Bell's greeting of choice comes in the form of a catch phrase. "You knock my socks off."
"He just makes everybody's day special," says parent Andrea Lukin. "Nobody comes to school feeling like they're not the most important thing in the world. So, we thought we should do the same for him, so we organized Mister Bell, you rock our socks off."
"Kids, they did it behind my back. We're going to bring Mr. Bell all kinds of socks. I love to run. Running socks, dress socks. So, over 250 pairs of socks from the Kilgour School community. How lucky am I?"
While Bell thinks he's the lucky one, the kids at Kilgour say they're the ones who hit the jackpot. "He's an awesome dude, and he's the best school teacher in the world"
Bell will dish out his final high fives to the sixth graders for the year, at Kilgour Thursday.
"yes, i'm going to miss him a lot." Not to worry, he'll have a new list of friends, and names to remember, in the fall.
"What's your name? Reilly? Mister Bell can't wait 'til you come to Kilgour. Are you going to come to Kilgour next year? Yes!"