A Texas school which asked for 50 male volunteers to stand in for absent fathers for a “Breakfast with Dads” event was left astounded after nearly 600 men turned up, according to The Independent.
Billy Earl Dade Middle School in the city of Dallas, where 90 per cent of children come from low-income families, put a call-out for around 50 male volunteers to attend in a bid to help those students who did not have a father able to take part.
Around 150 male students who were aged between 11 and 13 signed up for the first ever “Breakfast with Dads” event and gained an overwhelming show of support.
“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,” the Reverend Donald Parish Jr, the pastor of True Lee Missionary Baptist Church who organised the event, told the Dallas Morning News.
Kristina Chäadé Dove, who has worked on what is referred to as a site-based decision-making team for the middle school, issued a call-out for volunteers who would take on the role as mentors for students.