Craik Elementary holds breakfast for students and their dads
Annual event provides opportunity to bring fathers into school
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,
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.