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This is a story about respect, and taking the time to care.

Todd Williams and Jacob Kroll share a special bond.

Williams is the Principal at Garfield School in Moline. Jacob attended Garfield, but now is a student at Wilson Middle School.

Jacob was born with Asperger Syndrome. It’s a form of autism. At Garfield, Tara Kroll admits that her son could be a handful.

However, Todd Williams took Jacob under his wing. The two became friends. Williams says they talked quite a bit about structure in life and how important it is for all ages.

They would have heart to heart talks in the principal’s office. Todd took Jacob to breakfast. Met him for lunch. Sometimes walked him home after school.

Jacob says Todd became his best friend.

The principal’s kindness touched Tara Kroll in a very special way. She sent an email, saying that Mr. Williams always showed Jacob kindness. He gave her son the courage to believe in himself as a person. He taught Jacob what a good education meant.

To this day, Mr. Williams is still an influence in her son’s life.

Todd Williams says it is one of the nicest things ever said about him.

Jacob says he might like to be a teacher someday. He says Mr. Williams is his role model.

Principal Williams is one of Jacob’s biggest boosters.

He says Jacob has a good heart and soul. Making sure the twelve year old student is successful later in life is really important to Williams and other caring staff members Garfield School.

For one twelve year old boy, an elementary school principal is a HOMETOWN HERO!

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