The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Education

February 1, 2012

Doughnuts for Dads more than just a time for socializing

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 — The halls of Central Elementary School were filled with more than just students Friday morning.

More than 250 fathers and grandfathers attended Central’s annual Doughnuts for Dads event.

Upon entering the school at 7:30 a.m., students led their fathers to their individual classrooms to enjoy a breakfast of doughnuts and juice.

Cody Medlin attended the breakfast with his 6-year-old daughter, Tori.

The breakfast, Medlin said, is a great experience for everyone involved.

“We get to visit everybody and meet the teachers and the other kids,” Medlin said.

Dorian Turner and his son, Daelen, 10, have attended the event on several occasions.

“I try to come when I can,” Dorian Turner said.

“I like seeing what he is doing in school and how he is doing.”

Daelen said he enjoys showing his father around the classroom.

“I like showing my dad all my work and how I’ve been doing,” Daelen said, adding that his favorite subject is science.

“I’m more of a science type. I pretty much know a lot about science when it comes to animals and space.”

Doughnuts for Dad, Assistant Principal Devron Furr said, was more than just parents and students enjoying a meal together, it offered parents an opportunity to meet and talk with the teachers.

In addition to sharing school curriculum, teachers informed the parents of “student progress and upcoming classroom events.”

The event, Furr explained, was established as a way to promote family involvement at the school.

“Here at Central, parent relationships and involvement are one of our highest priorities,” Furr said.

“Doughnuts for Dads is instrumental in building community partnerships and in turn fostering a nurturing environment where every child can learn,” Furr said.

In addition, Furr said he hopes events like Doughnuts for Dads will help make parents feel comfortable with coming to the school with any questions or concerns.  

“We want to make sure parents feel included,” Furr said.

Although most of the parents left after breakfast, they were welcome to stay as long as they wished, Furr said. Mothers and other close relations were also welcome to attend.

Central Elementary also hosts Muffins for Moms, an event dedicated to mothers and grandmothers.

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