CENTENARY — Green Elementary School parents joined their children in the cafeteria Wednesday for breakfast and fellowship as part of the “All-Pro Dad” program which promotes parents being more involved in their children’s lives.
Although mostly geared toward male relatives, All-Pro Dad aims to promote family love, leadership and for parents to become their child’s hero.
According to Green Elementary team captain Darren Clark, “All-Pro Dad is a group of people passionately committed to bringing international focus to fathers around the world. The message will inspire you to embrace who you are, give you tenderness of heart and boldness of character as a dad and husband.”
All-Pro Dad promotes dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and guardians (as well as single moms) to serve as role models to their children. NFL facilities near schools have been known to invite All-Pro Dad participants to local NFL stadiums.
“It is a proven fact that children perform better in school when you are more engaged in their education and life,” Clark said.
Clark asked those in attendance to spend one minute a day to think about something positive for the family and how to make an impact. He also asked adults for one hour a month to bring their children to a school event and spend an hour with them at a breakfast or dinner. He further asked parents to attend another event that might last maybe four hours at the school focusing on the themes of All-Pro Dad.
The original idea of All-Pro Dad was developed by NFL coach Tony Dungy. The program has more than 1,000 chapters in 46 states.
Meigs County Commissioner and former NFL football player Mike Bartrum addressed parents and students through tales about his walk in Christianity and through his career with colleagues. He addressed the necessity of being brave and how to accomplish that through personal strength and faith, and what that means to the family.
“God blessed me with some bravery for some things I endured through my life, “Bartrum said. “If you see something that is not going your way or not going someone else’s way, intervene and try to help them. Always try to be that helper. Help thy neighbor. Help each and everyone as yourself. Treat people how you want to be treated. Within every living soul lives a brave heart. Give your child a strong spiritual foundation.”
If you are a father looking to get involved with the Green Elementary chapter, visit www.allprogallia.com or the All-Pro Gallia Facebook page. Individuals can also contact Clark at [email protected]