The Edmond Sun

September 12, 2013

Donuts with Dad Day includes volunteers as foster dads

Orvis Risner Elementary includes all students

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Dads and Donuts Day is a yearly happening across the Edmond Public School District.

“Typically, on Donuts with Dad Day, there are many tears of sadness as students exiting the buses would see the long line of dads escorting their children into the school holding hands, chatting and smiling,” said Orvis Risner Principal Shana Perry. “Then they would be reminded that their dad couldn’t or wouldn’t make it to Donuts with Dad and to top it off there would be no donut either.”

That all changed last year when the administrators met with PTA President Tim McGregor and the decision was made that every student would receive a donut. Any left out, would share a dad.

“It was a hit,” Perry said.

Keeping that in mind, this year more than 50 additional foster volunteer dads were recruited for Thursday morning’s event.

As hundreds of dads poured into Orvis Risner Elementary classrooms they were joined by the foster dads. Perry’s father was one of the volunteers and Superintendent David Goin joined administrators and coaches from other Edmond schools as well as teachers’ spouses. Dads, granddads and uncles all showed up to serve as volunteers along with 25 volunteers from Memorial Road Church of Christ.

“Some children do not have a dad available because of military duty, work or other reasons,” Perry said. “This is a way for all of the students to feel included. The foster dads are shared as well as the other volunteers and dads alike.”

Grandfather Larry Campbell has a dual role as granddad and dad for his two grandsons.

“This isn’t a role I thought I would be taking on,” Campbell said. “Both of my grandsons are great, and they keep me young.”

McGregor said the PTA organization helped sponsor the event by providing 90 dozen donuts for all of the students, dads and volunteers.

Students reported to their classes, had a donut, read a book, played a game, colored or used math flip cards with their dads or volunteer stand-ins.

Following the shared class time everyone reported to the Eagle Vision Assembly where students showcased their knowledge of character education, great expectations and recitations.

During the assembly, Perry told the fathers, “Know that your children need you to discipline them and love them.

“I ask this daily,” Perry said, “‘Are you ready for an amazing day of learning, success, achievement and fun?’ It is imperative that students and teachers always include fun. This is how we start each and every day at Orvis, and we want our dads to experience it as well.”

Perry said Dads and Donuts Day is also a good time to let the dads sign up for PTA, as Watch D.O.G.S. and for the yearly grounds cleanup, which will take place Saturday.