It’s 7:30 in the morning at Rochester’s School #43, and these dads are here to learn about their children.
“My dad taught me to do it for other church people,” said Mania Adams.
It’s a program called All Pro Dads.
“It creates an environment where dads can come together, and meet other fathers, and learn skills to improve their parenting,” said Erick Stephens, Parent Engagement Specialist at Healthi Kids.
Fathers and their children work on lessons about things like healthy eating and life skills. They also work on improving their relationships.
“Dads all over the world are not involved in what their children are doing in and out of school, and it’s so important for us to take the time out to raise our children and see the people involved in our children’s life,” said All Pro Dad George Adams. “That’s so important.”
George Adams owns a barber shop just down the street from school. He thinks the program is so important, he’s offering free haircuts to the families that attend the meetings.
“It’s encouraging to see other dads challenge other dads to come,” said Stephens.
“If you’re going to be a dad, be a responsible dad,” Adams said. It takes more than just stopping by and seeing your daughter and your son.”
All Pro Dads is run by the Healthi Kids program of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. This was the fifteenth meeting at Rochester’s School #43.
Right now, the All Pro Dads program is in two Rochester schools, but there are three others that are working to start it up.
“It’s important that the father get involved with their children, in their lives, in the school,” said All Pro Dad Tim McMahon.
Lessons learned in an elementary school library – that will last a lifetime.
“The men are stepping up and coming out now, and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of that in the future,” Adams said.