Great Gator Dads
NEW THIS YEAR….GREAT GATOR DADS!
We are starting off the 2017-2018 school year with a brand-new program geared to make Dads/Uncles/Grandfathers feel right at home…Great Gator Dads! Great Gator Dads is replacing the National W.A.T.C.H. Dogs program and as before, there will be many opportunities for fathers and/or father-figures to participate. Our goal this year is to have 100 A.C. Steere fathers/father-figures join.
What is different?
Not much. The program will continue to focus on improving education in our school by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures by providing a positive and active male role-model for students during their school day. The biggest difference is the when and how you interact with A.C. Steere students. Instead of committing to a full-day of volunteering at the school, you will eat lunch with students and participate in recess the third Thursday of each month.
Additionally, there will be other Great Gator Dads events for the year that include Career Day, Gator Road Race and more. There is no cost to join, but you are encouraged to purchase an official Great Gator Dads t-shirt for $15.
Still Numerous Benefits for our Students
- Students gain a positive male role model. Many students do not have a father-figure present in their home and these students benefit when a positive male role model is present.
- Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father-figure enhances a sense of security at the building for students and staff and helps create an environment conducive to learning.
- Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
- Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.