A school in Dallas was hoping that 50 volunteers would show up last month for its Breakfast with Dads event, and organizers were astounded when more than 600 men arrived, ready to serve as mentors to students.
About 150 students at Billy Earl Dade Middle School, boys between the ages of 11 and 13, signed up for the breakfast, and they were told to bring their dad or father figure. Organizer Kristine Dove was concerned that not every student had someone he could bring, and she put out a call on Facebook, asking for volunteers. After just four days, Dove already had 400 men say they were interested in attending the event, and ultimately 600 public officials, community organizers, police officers, businessmen, and others showed up.
During the event, one mentor gave a demonstration on how to tie a necktie, giving each student a tie of his own, while another discussed military service and an auctioneer demonstrated how he runs a sale. The plan is for the volunteers to continue to serve as mentors to the students, with principal Tracie Washington telling The Dallas Morning News "this turnout is testimony to show [what happens] when a school and a community come together."