Speed Reading — Absent Father - Level 5 — 200 wpm 

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A school in the USA was surprised after being swamped by volunteers to be absent fathers. The school is in the city of Dallas. It asked for 50 male volunteers to be substitute fathers in an event called "Breakfast with Dads". Organizers were flooded with replies. They were shocked after nearly 600 men responded and turned up at the event. The school's very first "Breakfast with Dads" event was to improve community spirit. Most of the children come from low-income families. Many of them did not have a father who could go to the breakfast.

The school said the breakfast event was part of a plan to improve its academic position. Community leaders and local organizations combined in various projects to increase test scores. There has been some improvement at the school because of their efforts. A local pastor said: "When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest in them, it inspires them." A school liaison officer commented on the success of the event. She said: "The look of awe, even disbelief, in students' eyes as they made their way through the crowd of "Dads" was astonishing."

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