A junior high school Texas, USA was pleasantly surprised being swamped volunteers to stand in absent fathers. Billy Earl Dade Middle School, the city of Dallas, posted Facebook asking 50 male volunteers to substitute absent fathers in an event called "Breakfast with Dads". Event organizers were inundated replies. They said they were astounded after nearly 600 men responded to the request and turned at the event. The school's inaugural "Breakfast with Dads" event was to enhance community spirit. Around 90 per cent the children come from low-income families. Many of the students did not have a father who was able to participate the event.
The school said the "Breakfast with Dads" event was part an overall plan to improve its academic position. Community leaders, mentors and local organizations have combined to implement various projects to increase test scores. There has been some academic improvement the school as a result their efforts. A local pastor, the Reverend Donald Parish Jr, said: "When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest them, it inspires them." A school liaison officer, Ellyn Favors, commented the success the event. She said: "The look awe, even disbelief, students' eyes as they made their way the crowd of "Dads" was astonishing."