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Breakfast With Dads Event Draws Hundreds of Volunteers in Texas

(Video via NBC 5)

By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 04:06 PM

A Texas middle school “breakfast with dads” event in December drew 600 volunteers from the community who answered an online call for mentors to attend for the students who would not have a father to attend. 

A Facebook message asked for 50 volunteers to attend the event, and about 600 showed up a week later to support the boys at the disadvantaged Dade County school, NBC 5 reported

The event organizer, the Rev. Donald Parish Jr., had worried there wouldn’t be enough volunteers and that some of the boys would not have anyone to attend the Dec. 14 event with them.

“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” Parish said, The Dallas Morning News reported. “These kids need all the support they can to be successful.” 

The middle school has struggled with low test scores and frequent turnover in the past, but scores have started to rise and the school is now working to involve community leaders and organizations in mentoring the children, the Morning News reported. 

At the event, the stand-in dads and the boys were introduced and were able to share about their lives and even address simple tasks like tying a school uniform tie properly, NBC 5 reported. The event ended with the men and boys arm in arm in prayer. 

One of the volunteers told NBC 5 he realized the boys need someone to talk to, and said they had opened up “more than he thought they would” during the event. 

One student involved told NBC 5 it was a “very productive day for me and my friends.” 

The school hopes to do another event like the breakfast in the spring. 

Twitter users were touched by the story.

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