600 volunteer mentors show up for school breakfast with dads
posted by: Guest Blogger
There is so much good in the world and this story out of Texas reconfirms that.
What do you do about a school event for dads if you don’t have a dad? Every year, the Dr. Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas, Texas, hosts a “Breakfast with Dads” event to encourage fathers and father figures to engage with their students, over 77 percent of whom have been identified as “at risk,” according to the school profile.
School principal Tracie Washington was concerned that students were opting out because they didn’t have a father or father figure of their own to invite. Community member and event organizer Kristina Dove , who works at education non-profit Big Thought, suggested putting a call out on Facebook to see if she could get 50 male friends to volunteer as “dads” for the day. They would fill the gap that would prevent students from participating in the breakfast. At first, Dove posted on her personal page, but after a friend suggested she make it public, the post was shared over 120 times in the two weeks leading up to the December 14 event.
“Our initial goal was to find 50 volunteers,” said Dove. “We ended up with 600.”