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Woman called 'Gramma' devotes life to hundreds of Omaha children

Woman called 'Gramma' devotes life to hundreds of Omaha children

To the nearly 400 children at Druid Hill Elementary, she's simply known as "Gramma."

"The teachers call me Gramma too," quipped Ms. Rosetta Herron, a 90 year old volunteer at the school.

For decades she's worked with kids from three months old to 14 years old, first at Boystown and then at Druid Hill.

"I've enjoyed every minute," said Herron. "It keeps me going."

Herron is admired by the staff members she works with at the school.

"Gramma's been a huge asset to all of our students for years," said her colleague Chip Stanczak, who nominated Herron. "We all know her and love her."

It's just one reason why she was nominated and then chosen as November 2017's Jefferson Awards winner.

"If you need someone to talk to, just someone to listen to, she's that person," said Herron's daughter Rosetta Joesph. "With children, she is wonderful."

Gramma Herron was born in Omaha in 1927. She's lived here her entire life.

"I come from a large family," said Herron. "I was next to the oldest of six and I used to play school with my younger brothers and sisters. That's what helped them learn."

She is a proud member of the Foster Grandparents program, and takes great pride in getting up each morning to teach and inspire Omaha's little ones.

"I love every bit of it, and I'll be back doing it again as long as I'm able," said Herron.

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