The All Pro Dad program, founded by NFL legend Tony Dungy, believes that active dads can be the missing piece in the success of both children and schools. The program creates a space for fathers to become more engaged with the school, and the school community, with the goal to plug fathers into volunteer opportunities in the school building. All Pro Dad Days are hosted monthly in hundreds of schools across the country and in four local schools in Rochester: Schools #2, #10, #43 and #46.
School #43 was the first school in Rochester to launch the All Pro Dad program in January of 2015. Rochester City School District Parent Liaison Lisa Alexander was committed to providing Dad's with a space to engage with their children at school. Her vision and determination to recruit fathers to participate has paid off. School #43 has now hosted All Pro Dad Days for 17 months in a row!
The All Pro Dad chapter at School #43 creates a space for fathers to become more engaged with the school, and the school community
The fathers show up in large numbers and are excited to be part of a program that deliberately and meaningfully engages them and encourages them to help create a better school environment for their children. They've even been featured on Channel 8 as June 2016's "Extraordinary Person".
Lisa Alexander has seen firsthand the impact that All Pro Dads are having in the building. Ms. Alexander has even given the group of father a nickname: “The Papa Bears.” The Papa Bears now regularly volunteer in other capacities at School #43.
The School 43 Papa Bears meet the third Friday every month at 7:30 a.m. at School #43.
With the Papa Bear's chapter such a success, Healthi Kids Parent Engagement Specialist, Erick Stephens has shared the program with additional schools in the Rochester City School District. In the 2015-2016 School year, Schools #2, #10, and #46 all set up their own chapters for fathers at their schools. While the three schools are new to the All Pro Dad program, they hope that fathers will find it as rewarding as School #43 fathers have.
“Children are more likely to do what their father does, I see it in my own home,” said Healthi Kids Parent Engagement Specialist Erick Stephens. “We need our children to see dads making positive contributions to the success of their child’s school. Volunteering is a great way to show kids how to give back to the community in a positive way, so why not volunteer in your child’s school?”
For more information about All Pro Dads visit www.allprodad.com. To learn how to start an All Pro Dad chapter at your school, email Erick Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (585) 224-3112.