“Back in 1969, he was walking by the school and he decided to come in and see if they wanted any volunteers,” says his brother, John Weitzel. “And the next thing you know, he started coming up to the school every day.”In an effort to show Bobby just how much he means to our city and our school community, Reading School District partnered with Dude. Be Nice in May 2015 to crown him as our King of the Castle during surprise slam-dunk contest.The contest included him tossing an alley-oop to RHS basketball superstar Lonnie Walker IV, who dunks the ball as the crowd roars. Following the contest, student-athletes gave Bobby high-fives, hugs and autographed items from their sports.A video highlighting the slam-dunk contest and showcasing the City of Reading in a positive light was released online in summer 2016. The video immediately went viral and amassed millions of views. The video continues to garner social media likes and shares from people around the world, and it is gaining another round of recognition during the holiday season.“Bobby lives, eats, sleeps, bleeds Reading High. “That’s what he does. It’s who he is,” Class of 2015 graduate Jyair Means says. “There are unmasked heroes who no one knows about. Anyone can be a hero just by the little things they do, such as Bobby. He’s just there for us. There are many other people in the world like that who need to be recognized every once and a while.”To continue the kindness here, Reading School District will host an annual Dude Be Nice week from Feb. 13-16, in conjunction with Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Weidehammer Systems Corp., owned by Reading High graduate John Weidenhammer, plans to sponsor the Dude. Be Nice week, and each of the district’s 19 schools will honor unsung heroes.In addition, Mayor Wally Scott plans to designate the third Thursday in February as “Dude. Be Nice Day” in the City of Reading.