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Nationwide program teaches kids about seasons of life

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email
It’s part of a nation-wide program started by former NFL coach and father of nine, Tony Dungy.

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) One Eastern Kentucky school is giving father figures a chance to be an “All Pro Dad.”

It’s part of a nation-wide program started by former NFL coach and father of nine, Tony Dungy.

It’s 7:00 AM at South Laurel Middle School. Before the school bell rings, before homework is turned in and before classes start for the day, more than 130 men and children fill one hallway.

“So they have a lot of communication, it opens up the walls of communication,” Youth Services Coordinator at South Laurel Middle School Charity Fuson said.

They come from all walks of life, but today, they are all here for one reason.

“To me, it’s more about the parenting, to have that bond, to know what your kids are up to. So that if they have issues, they can come talk to me, they feel comfortable talking to me,” father of six, John Collier said.

For one hour, once a month, it’s gives these children breakfast and quality time with Dad.

“They have talking cards, where they can discuss with each other what’s going on in their lives, how Dad can share with their child, what he did,” Fuson added.

Like 6th grader Will Collier, who has attended the program with his Dad for quite some time.

“After talking with them, I started bringing my grades up to B’s and A’s. And then this year, I’ve been learning more about responsibility and discipline,” Will added.

“It’s not just the teacher’s job to teach, it’s our [the parents] primary roll to teach. So they bring that information home, and we reinforce it at home,” John said.

An opportunity to teach today’s children about every season in life.

For more information about how to start an All Pro Dad’s chapter at your school, click the link below.

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