Henderson Elementary dads stopped by for playtime on the playground this afternoon.
The MISD school held a parent involvement day today with a focus on dads and other positive male role models.
As part of the school’s “Dad’s Invading the Playground” students were able to enjoy time with their dads, while their dads were able to “have fun and play” with their kids.
Michelle Watkins, an employee with the elementary school, said the day brought a unique opportunity for male figures in their students’ lives, “a lot of dads have to work and don’t get to be on the campus as much as moms get to. So, this time is just a time set aside so dads can just come and have fun.”
Bryan Murry, a trustee with MISD’s District 7, echoed Watkins desire to get more support for dads on campuses, “I think it’s so vital for what we have going on in our school district right now with our kids… to have them to be able to have their dads come out and see what they do… during the school day when they’re usually at work and the kids are here at school… it’s great.”
While the event was centered toward dads… all male role models, including older brothers, grandparents, uncles, and cousins were also invited to the school. We’re told more than 120 men were in attendance.
Watkins tells us that while she’s not sure if they plan to make the day an annual event, they are always looking for new ways to reach dads and have them involved in the student’s lives.