Many children grow up today without a positive male role model in their lives. Fortunately for these Dallas middle schoolers, there was an outpouring of support from the men of their community to step up and be mentors for these children.
Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas, Texas needed some help. They were hosting a “Breakfast with Dads” event and were looking and hoping for 50 to 100 volunteer male mentors to help out.
But when the morning of the event came, organizers were floored when nearly 600 men showed up to the school.
School Principal Tracie Washington hoped that her students could have a large group of positive male role models for this event. Even though asking for a mentor can be a difficult thing to do, about 150 students requested one.
“If I were in the place of these young men, I’d want someone to step up,” said volunteer mentor Jason Tren. Tren saw a post online about the event and wanted to give back to his community.
One of the activities at “Breakfast With Dads” was learning how to tie a necktie. Some mentors talked about military service or, in professional auctioneer Dean McCurry’s case, how to hold an auction like a pro.
“I live in North Dallas, and I came here today to see what I can help with,” said McCurry. “These kids are smart and so enthusiastic. This is what Dallas needs.”
McCurry hopes that he can return to the school to hold a mock auction using fake money to give away prizes.
“This turnout is a testament to show what happens when a school and a community come together,” said Washington.
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