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Those Who Serve: Pottsboro's watchdog

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Jim Davis greets a student at Pottsboro Elementary School. (KTEN) Jim Davis greets a student at Pottsboro Elementary School. (KTEN)
Jim Davis has welcomed Pottsboro students every morning for more than 11 years. (KTEN) Jim Davis has welcomed Pottsboro students every morning for more than 11 years. (KTEN)
Some youngsters get a fist bump from "Mr. Jim" when they get to school in Pottsboro. (KTEN) Some youngsters get a fist bump from "Mr. Jim" when they get to school in Pottsboro. (KTEN)
Jim Davis says he loves his job greeting students at Pottsboro schools. (KTEN) Jim Davis says he loves his job greeting students at Pottsboro schools. (KTEN)

POTTSBORO, Texas -- "Somebody told me one time, 'You are sort of Pottsboro's grandpa.' Well, I like that," said Jim Davis. "My wife and I don't have grandkids, so we sort of adopted 400 kids."

Davis is a watchdog for the Pottsboro Independent School District, greeting students at both the elementary and high schools for more than 11 years.

"Some of my friends say, 'You can sleep in in the morning, and sip coffee and read the newspaper.' I said, 'No, this is the best start of my day.'"

Davis welcomes every youngster in his signature way.

"Every morning he will give people a hug or give them a knuckle," third grader Blakely Allen said.

Elementary school teacher Jamie Sampson said Mr. Jim's presence is invaluable.

"If he wasn't here every morning, the kids wouldn't get the touch, the hug, the fist bump, the smile... just encouragement," she said.

High school student Mason Hall has grown up with Mr. Jim's warm hugs through the years.

"Coming out of Pottsboro, I know I'll be a better person because I knew Mr. Jim," he said. "He taught us how to love people. He's taught us how to be a better person. He taught us how to build character, and that's someone we need to always look up to."

Jim Davis is a man with a simple job that has changed lives. In turn, that's given this surrogate grandpa a bigger purpose in life.

"It's very special," he said. "They bring so much joy into my life ... puts life into perspective just to see them growing up and becoming the wonderful kids they are."

And Mr. Jim says he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

"If they have to wheel me in a wheelchair, as long as I can take a breath and plant both feet on the ground each morning, that's for sure!" 

If you would like to nominate someone in your community to be featured in KTEN's Those Who Serve series, send an e-mail to newsteam@kten.com.

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