Sunnyside luring pops with pizza
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.