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Nearly 600 Men Volunteer To Attend A 'Dad Breakfast' For Middle Schoolers Without Father Figures

They had responded to a Facebook post requesting 50 volunteers.

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Administrators at Dade Middle School, an all-boys school in Dallas, Texas, were worried that not enough fathers would attend their "Breakfast with Dads" event. Many of their students do not have a dad present in their lives. So, administrators and event organizer Rev. Donald Parish Jr. worked to find 50 mentors who could attend in the place of the fathers who could not make the breakfast. They spoke with members of their community and used social media to get the word out.


"The reality of a great event like this is a lot of our kids will not have a Dad present. But there is nothing like having a male present in the form of a mentor," Kristina Chaade, senior manager at an education nonprofit in Dallas, wrote on Facebook. "We are in need of at least 50 or more additional male mentors." Her post was shared more than 100 times. 

"When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest in them, it inspires them. That's what we want to see happen," Rev. Parish told Dallas Morning News. "These kids need all the support they can get to be successful."

Instead of finding an additional 50 male mentors to attend the breakfast, hundreds contacted organizers in hopes of attending. They had so much interest, they had to close registration for the event because they were at capacity and couldn't accept any more volunteers. 

On the day of the event, around 600 men showed up to participate in the Breakfast with Dads event, according to NBC DFW. The volunteers and dads offered advice to the boys, learned more about them, and some even showed them how to tie ties. 

The middle school is currently working to improve its academic standing as well as provide community mentorship to its students. Unfortunately, the school has struggled with low test scores, high principal turnover, and inexperienced educators, according to Dallas Morning News. Texas Education Agency test scores show there's been some academic improvement recently. 

However, events like this help offer students support, and make them feel more positive about the future. The community reminded these boys that they matter — even to complete strangers. 

Events like this one can benefit any school community and provide both boys and girls with more role models to look up to. It's amazing to see the positivity that can come out of people being there for others in their community. 


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