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Dads Make a Big Impact at Fairview Elementary
Dads Make a Big Impact at Fairview Elementary
Posted on 01/12/2022
Dads are making a big impact at Fairview Elementary. They are known as the Fairview Elementary School (FES) Dads Club. Brian Fuchs, who is the club president, is eager to get more dads involved at the school.By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Dads are making a big impact at Fairview Elementary. They are known as the Fairview Elementary School (FES) Dads Club. Brian Fuchs, who is the club president, is eager to get more dads involved at the school.

“The club began nine years ago as a way to get dads and kids involved with the school,” said Mr. Fuchs. “Dads are also able to get together and lean on each other for support during different trials of life.”

The club has not only grown in numbers, but also in projects the group of men have taken on. Currently there are around 20 dads that help in some way with the club to ensure those tasks are getting completed.

“Each spring around Mother’s Day weekend we hold a Daddy-Daughter or Mother-Son dance,” explained Mr. Fuchs. “Not only do we host different events; we help facilitate projects that are needed for the school, such as reading in the classroom, Buddy Benches on the playgrounds, outdoor stage, murals in the Library, and assembled calm kits for each classroom.”

Principal Angie Jackson knows just how valuable these men are to her school.

“Dads Club is important to FES as it allows our dads to develop a closer relationship with their child, and it shows our children that their dads value education,” said Ms. Jackson. “The school benefits more since we get to experience greater parental involvement and assistance in the classroom.”

The students enjoy and appreciate all the work done by the Dads Club. You cannot help, but notice the big smile on their face to see the dads helping out. Mr. Fuchs says many of the men are real life superheroes to students.

“When you walk into a classroom, especially the younger kids, you’re just a hero. The dads realize after helping out the impact they’ve had on a group of students,” he went on to say. “Sometimes, a father may speak about his struggles with reading, and a young child will relate to the same situation.”

For one dad, the opportunity to be a part of his daughter’s class is the biggest highlight of his day.

“The kids are excited to have a ‘special guest’ and reading to them makes you feel special,” said father Danny McGrath. “It offers a change of pace for the kids to hear different voices and see different faces as well. Not sure who enjoys it more, the kids in the class or me!”

FES Dads club hopes to build an environment where fathers feel comfortable being involved in their child’s education.

“We are trying to create a club atmosphere that is inviting to all dads,” explained Mr. Fuchs. “If we can do that, and have more dads helping out around the school, then our mission is accomplished.”

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