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Goodman Elementary’s Donuts and Dads event draws in parental support 

Goodman students (from left) Simone Wiggins, Ryland Glass and Chloe O’Neal-Taylor joined their dads (from left) Jermain Wiggings, Deric Glass and Byron Taylor for breakfast.

Goodman Elementary School welcomed 160 fathers and father figures to its Donuts and Dads event to honor them for their commitment to students and invite them to become more involved on campus. The event was sponsored by the school’s Parent Resource Center and gave dads the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with their children, visit their children’s classrooms, learn about the Dads as Mentors program, and take part in a special presentation honoring members of the WatchDOGS program.

Carlette Spells, Parent Resource Center Coordinator, welcomed guests to the event and shared details about the school’s WatchDOGS. The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) program is an initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures to provide positive male role models for students and enhance school security. The program is in its second year of operation at Goodman and currently has 20 members. “We typically have a higher presence of moms on campus, but it’s equally important for dads to be involved in school as well,” said Spells.

Kalvin Spells, president of the WatchDOGS and husband to Carlette Spells, also stressed the importance of being involved at school, saying, “Children remember half of what you tell them and all of what they see you do,” he said. “Research shows that dads aren’t usually present on campus unless there’s a disciplinary issue to resolve. Through WatchDOGS, dads can be present for positive reasons.”

At the conclusion of the Donuts and Dads event, Goodman Principal Lisa Langston joined Carlette Spells in recognizing top WatchDOGS for their commitment to the program. Honored were Marcus Broussard, Kalvin Spells, Reginald Thomas, John Walker and Rudy Wright. Also, 34 dads signed up to become WatchDOGS the day of the event.

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