School Celebrates Homecoming With Dads & Dudes

October 1, 2004 – Posted at 3:16 p.m. CDT

WYNNE -- Football season is in full swing in Region 8 and many students are getting ready for Homecoming. One school in Cross County is celebrating a little differently this year. There were a few taller heads in the halls of the Wynne Jr. High Friday. In fact, there were more than 200 dads and dudes on hand to help celebrate Homecoming.

Event Organizers Allyson Goodin said, "We told the students any male role that you would like to bring with you, we're happy to have. They're coming to have hotdogs and chips."

The school invited the men as a way to expose children to male role models.

"We're in an area with a lot of single mom parenting. So this is a way for the students to pull in another male," said Goodin.

Teacher and dad Zane Sturm said, "Any kind of male role model is good for any kid. One of the things in our society that seems to be a weak point sometimes is for us to involve dads."

"It get the parents, and the father's involved in the school. Usually, you think more of the mothers coming to the school and things like that, and it's good to get the fathers involved in it," said dad David Jackson.

Statistics show having a male role model in a child's life can have a positive impact, and that's part of the reason the school in Wynne decided to start this program.

"Studies have shown that students who have parents who are involved in school do much better on all testing, so we're all about trying to help our students do the best that we can. Also, studies have shown that when the male parent is involved, students stay out of crime and they don't get in trouble as much at school and in the community," said Goodin.

The kids agree, its kind of fun having dad at school.

"I think it's important that he should see our school and the way that it is, so he can get to know everybody," said seventh grader Aaron Williams.

The school hasn't forgotten about the moms. They plan to hold a 'Bahama Mama' Luau this spring for the mothers at the school.