Gap Fill - Absent Father - Level 6


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A junior high school in Texas, USA was surprised after being swamped by to stand in for absent fathers. Billy Earl Dade Middle School, in the of Dallas, posted on Facebook asking for 50 male volunteers to substitute for fathers in an called "Breakfast with Dads". Event organizers were inundated with . They said they were astounded after 600 men responded to the request and turned up at the event. The school's "Breakfast with Dads" event was to enhance spirit. Around 90 per cent of the children come from low- families. Many of the students did not have a father who was able to participate in the event.

The school said the "Breakfast with Dads" event was of an overall plan to improve its academic . Community leaders, mentors and organizations have combined to implement various to increase test scores. There has been some academic at the school as a result of their efforts. A local pastor, the Reverend Donald Parish Jr, said: "When a person sees someone other than their teacher take in them, it inspires them." A school liaison officer, Ellyn Favors, commented on the of the event. She said: "The look of awe, even , in students' eyes as they made their way through the of "Dads" was astonishing."

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