Becoming All Pro Dads

By: Laura Rogers Email
By: Laura Rogers Email

Being the perfect father isn't always so simple.

But a new program at Franklin Elementary School makes it a little easier.

"It was a reminder to all the fathers to spend one-on-one time with your individual children," said dad James Gumm.

Greg Carter participated in the All Pro Dads program which promotes bonding time between fathers and children.

"A lot of schools need to do stuff like this, and get the dads involved with the kids and a lot of times it helps them through life," Carter said.

Guidance counselor John Swack is a dad himself and brought the program to Franklin.

"You can draw a lot of dads in, give them practical advice to use at home or school, wherever they're at--things to draw children and dads closer together," Swack said.

James Gumm says the program brings a powerful message that all fathers should hear.

"Make sure you give them a hug and tell them you love them every day-- it's a reminder for all us dads, because sometimes we get busy with work and other things," he said.

"I think it's very good and beneficial to help with the relationships between fathers and their children," said All Pro Dad Randy Crawford.

Strengthening those relationships is what it's all about.

"My father's not into that hugging and saying 'I love you' but I tell my kids everyday that I love them," Carter said with a smile.

Thursday, Sept. 20 was the first All Pro Dads program at Franklin Elementary.

The students and their dads had breakfast together and listened to Steve Thurman of the Simpson County Chamber of Commerce.

Swack hopes to hold the program every other month.

For more information, log on to www.allprodad.com.


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