An elderly Navy veteran becomes viral for his daily kindness towards students at a local middle school. Having become a regular presence in their lives, he begins their school mornings with a healthy dose of positivity to survive the day.
Cut out fist mound
When he is old, 94-year-old Wally Richardson felt the need to do something good for the younger generation. So he goes to Marina Village Middle School every day in El Dorado Hills, California. There, Wally meets students every day to give their first blows and smiles before class.
Although he is now publicly recognized, the Navy veterinarian has been coming to school for several years. Both he and his wife used to leave, but now she is no longer able to walk well enough to meet the children. Wally continues his tradition that makes him happy and allows him to inspire these children.
Give words of wisdom
Wally not only welcomes the children with punching, but also shares good words and advice with them. Many students flock to him before they go to their first grade. "It's the best part of the day," a student, Audrey Arnold, said in an interview.
In fact, Wally was such an inspiration that he was honored with his own mural at school! The mural has a painting of the older man, including some of his inspiring quotes that encourage kindness and courage. "Be friendly whenever possible, it's always possible," it says in a quote.
Shaping the next generation
This older Navy veterinarian is really a beacon for these kids and everyone around him. "As I drove by, I saw him and my heart burst," said Audrey's mother Gina. "He is like an angel, you can not help but feel calm and peaceful when you come near him." With this great energy, Wally was an excellent role model students,
that rest and peace continue to inspire children who have met him so many years ago. "There are kids in the school who still remember how he greeted them," reveals Gina.