A tall girl with braided hair tugged at her dad's collared shirt, prodding him to hurry to the cafeteria to get breakfast.
“The kids are so proud,” Principal Ethel Grubbs said. “They're so excited when their dads are in the building. If you've got somebody to encourage you, you work so much harder. It really makes a difference.”
Students picked up breakfast in the cafeteria and took their dads to class. After a few minutes in the classroom, dads met in the school library.
The dads heard from event organizer Calvin Williams, director of fatherhood services at Public Strategies, an Oklahoma City-based company that offers a program called TRUE Dads Oklahoma. TRUE Dads is a series of free events and workshops to support fathers.
“Fathering is hard, last time I checked,” Williams said. “Most times you don't know if you're doing it right or well.”
Williams encouraged the fathers to support one another and be active with their children. Afterward, Williams said he hopes the dads realized how common the struggles and pressure of fatherhood are.
“Very quietly, these men were strengthened,” he said. “The fact they aren't alone means something.”