On any given Friday morning sleepy eyed, semi-excited 9th & 10th grade students enter the doors of Lewisville High School’s Harmon campus. It’s the aim of a rag tag group of guys dubbed the “Grateful Dads” to greet them and bring a smile to their faces — and a piece of candy helps!
It’s a lot of fun and quickly has become my favorite morning of the week, helping bring a smile to the face of a student! A little investment of time, but a big payoff in being part of bringing a little heaven to earth in our neighborhood.
I’m not sure who got the ball rolling, however the mission of Grateful Dad’s is to be an active, visible and positive role model within Lewisville High School and the community. It allows students to see the caring nature and support of men.
In a world where young people desperately need male role models, this is a small but important way to give back. I am always struck by the quote that says, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Grateful Dad’s is a SWEET (Get it, candy?) way of doing something!
There are always more doors to man at Lewisville High School and other campuses. Why not give back? You might be surprised how far a jolly rancher, a tootsie roll and a smile will go in brightening the Friday morning of a high school student.
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