Sun­ny­side lur­ing pops with pizza

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

nfortunately, U in schools right across Canada, you don’t usu­ally find fa­thers vol­un­teer­ing in the li­brary, on out­ings, in the cafe­te­ria or in the after school pro­grams. The many vol­un­teer roles at schools are most of­ten filled by the moth­ers of stu­dents, some­times even the grand­moth­ers.

The staff of Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary would like to see that ‘fa­ther­less school’ trend change with a new pro­gram that be­gins at the school this month: “Dads in School”. “We’re look­ing for fa­thers who can spend a whole day at the school, help­ing in class, in the hall­ways, at lunchtime, and spend­ing time with their own child and some­times with other stu­dents. The idea is to have more pos­i­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from the fa­thers on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis. Thou­sands of schools in the United States have done a pro­gram like this with very good re­sults,” ex­plained the school’s prin­ci­pal, Steve Weary.

To in­tro­duce the pro­gram to the fa­thers in the com­mu­nity, the school is host­ing a free pizza night for all dads and their Sun­ny­side chil­dren on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 14th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. There, the fa­thers can learn more about the pro­gram and what would be asked of those who want to take part.

“Fa­thers can vol­un­teer for just one day or more. If only a half day works, then we can fig­ure some­thing out; we’re flex­i­ble. But it’s most ef­fec­tive when the fa­thers spend a whole day at the school, re­ally learn­ing what the school day is like for their child. We also want to make as many fa­thers as we can feel com­fort­able in the school,” added Mr. Weary.

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