This man has clearly made an impact on the whole school population. While his emotional connection to the school, faculty and students is important on the face, what it means for the school climate and its effect on the kids is even better.
Research has shown that school climate is almost as important as what children are being taught. When schools have faculty and staff that forge strong relationships with students, it builds a supportive environment that breeds a myriad of benefits. Schools with happy climates usually lead in attendance rates, tests scores and promotion and graduation rates. Creating a supportive environment has also been shown to have a transformative affect, including huge gains in reading and mathematics scores.