Hundreds of men stand in at school’s ‘Breakfast with Dads’ event

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(Courtesy: Stephanie Drenka) (Courtesy: Stephanie Drenka)

(Meredith) – More than 600 men showed up to support students in their community at a “Breakfast with Dads” event in Dallas.

School administrators encouraged the children to bring their dads or father figures to the event at Billy Earl Dade Middle School on Dec. 14.

More than 150 male students signed up, but some organizers were concerned that many of them would attend the event without a dad, the Washington Post reports.

Children’s advocate Kristina Chaade Dove posted a note on her Facebook page, inviting male mentors to stand in for absentee fathers.

“The reality of a great event like this is a lot of our kids will not have a dad present,” she wrote. “But there is nothing like having a male present in the form of a mentor.”

She hoped for 50 volunteers. When the day finally arrived, nearly 600 men showed up at the school.

There were so many volunteers, several students were seen talking with four to five mentors at a time, photographer Stephanie Drenka wrote on her blog chronicling the event.

“The look of awe – even disbelief – in students’ eyes as they made their way through the crowd of ‘Dads’ was astonishing,” she wrote.

Along with the breakfast, the event featured several icebreaker activities – including teaching students how to tie a tie.

Many of the men who volunteered had never mentored before, according to Drenka, who also works for Big Thought, a non-profit educational organization. She said she hopes this event inspires them to continue to uplift the young people in their community.

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