Craik El­e­men­tary holds break­fast for stu­dents and their dads

An­nual event pro­vides op­por­tu­nity to bring fa­thers into school

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­

Dr. James Craik El­e­men­tary School held its “Dads and Donuts” break­fast Thurs­day morn­ing, an an­nual tra­di­tion put on for over a decade by the school’s Par­ent Teacher Or­ga­ni­za­tion, with as­sis­tance from teach­ers and staff, said Craik PTO Pres­i­dent Kris­ten Lang.

The event is open to stu­dents and their fa­thers, grand­fa­thers, un­cles or other male in­flu­ences in the stu­dents’ lives, Lang said.

Lang said the goal of the pro­gram was to pro­mote clos- er ties within the school com­mu­nity.

“It’s a time when the dads can come and min­gle with other dads, the kids can show their dads to friends, show them where they eat lunch dur­ing the day, and just be a part of their lives. It fos­ters that com­mu­nity feel­ing and helps them be­come suc­cess- ful in school as well,” Lang said.

Lang said the turnout was ap­prox­i­mately 400 in­di­vid­u­als, more than in prior years.

Dough­nuts were do­nated by Donut Con­nec­tion with cof­fee pro­vided by Star­bucks,

Lang said.

Ben­jamin Har­ring­ton, Craik’s vice prin­ci­pal, said the event pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity to so­lic- it ideas from fa­thers.

“We’re try­ing to get more dads in­volved. We push any type of par­ent in­volve­ment that we can,” Har­ring­ton said. “The kids are re­ally ex­cited to bring Dad to school, so we’re get­ting the dads in, telling them, ‘Th­ese are some of the events we have com­ing up, how can we make your ex­peri- ence here bet­ter?’”

Derek Larsen, par­ent of a kinder­gart­ner at the school, said the event was a great way for fa- thers to show sup­port for their chil­dren’s school and ed­u­ca­tion.

“I think this is a great event,” Larsen said. “I think it’s great to see dads come out, spend­ing time with their kids. Nor­mally, in a lot of the school events, you see the moms com­ing out, but the dads are usu­ally work­ing, so this is great to have dads come out and spend some time with their kids in the morn­ing.”

His son, Dar­ren, said he en­joyed the break­fast.

“I like hav­ing my dad here,” the kinder­gart­ner said.

For Scott Lewis, this was his sec­ond time at­tend­ing the “Dads and Donuts” event with his son, first grader Ni­cholas.

“I think it’s an in­cred­i­ble event for dads to come out to,” Lewis said.

Dwight Hine, with the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, came to the break­fast with his three chil­dren: fourth grader Bo Ad­kin­son, fifth grader Seth Hine and third grader Sadie Hine.

“It gives an op­por­tuni- ty for the par­ents to get around and see the cafeteria, the school fa­cil­ity that your chil­dren are in, spend some time with them,” Hine said. “I know with the kids, it kind of builds up a lit­tle bit of pride to show their par­ents off to their friends, turns into a lit­tle bit of a com­pe­ti­tion, some­times. It also gives us a lit­tle break from work and show our chil­dren how im­por­tant they are.”

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU Ap­prox­i­mately 400 stu­dents and their fa­thers or other male role mod­els at­tended Dr. James Craik El­e­men­tary School’s “Dads and Donuts” event Thurs­day morn­ing.

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