Be there for a student at breakfast
Male mentors sought for event at Dade Middle School
Billy Earl Dade Middle School in South Dallas wants to make sure students have a male mentor available for its first dads breakfast.
The school is looking for 50 or more male volunteers for its “Breakfast with Dads” event at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. School administrators and the event organizer, the Rev. Donald Parish Jr. of True Lee Missionary
Baptist Church, are working to have mentors for students who might not have a father at the gathering.
“When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest in them, it inspires them. That’s what we want to see happen,” Parish said. “These kids need all the support they can get to be successful.”
The middle school has worked on improving its academic standing in Dallas ISD. Low test scores, high principal turnover and inexperienced teachers have been obstacles Dade has faced in recent years. As Texas Education Agency test scores show some academic improvement at Dade, Parish said the school is working to get community leaders and organizations involved to mentor students outside the classroom, too.
Parish said the school hopes to do another community mentorship event in the spring.