Administrators at a Dallas middle school were blown away last month when their call for male mentors was answered by hundreds of men looking to serve as a role model for young boys.
Dade Middle School hosted its first “Breakfast with Dads” event in December. In order for the program to run effectively, each male student would need a dad or father figure present. When Principal Tracie Washington realized a number of students would be left out because of absent fathers, she put out a call for older male mentors.
The request for 50-100 volunteers was met with an overwhelming response.
Nearly 600 fathers showed up to serve the 150 adolescent boys who wouldn’t have a father present.
Although the heartwarming occasion took place last month, it just began to make rounds on social media on Friday.
Military members, cops, auctioneers and men of varied disciplines came eager to impart their wisdom, including knowledge of how to tie a tie, to the children.
— Officer D.A. (@Officer_DA) December 14, 2017
“This turnout is a testament to show [what happens] when a school and a community come together,” the principal told Dallas News of the event.