After The Bell: 'Mr. Bob,' Bea's Kids




Posted on May 10, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Updated Monday, May 10 at 1:33 PM

FARMERS BRANCH - He's served in World War II and has visited more than 40 countries, but the North Texas veteran says it's his work with area children that gives him some of the biggest thrills.

He walks in and lights up the room. Bob Jagers is an 88-year-old volunteer tutor. Every week, he shows up at the "Bea's Kids" after school program in Farmers Branch. 

"When you see the list of students on the honor roll, there's your reward," he said. "It really hits you in the heart what you're doing for them."

"Mr. Bob," as the kids call him, has a big heart. And, despite the large age difference, the students say they're fortunate for their time together and have formed a bond with Mr. Bob.

"Really lucky because he helps me a lot with my homework and helps me do better in school," said Jennifer Leija, an eight-grader.

While he reads plenty of stories, Jagers also tells plenty of stories - especially about World War II. He was at Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944. 

"To this, the men that were there, the younger generations will remember I hope,"  he said.

But, it isn't only the children who benefit from the relationship.

"It's fabulous when they say you're funny," Jagers said. "It's the biggest reward they can give me."