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CMS program’s goal: Get dads to volunteer too

Blythe Elementary fathers met at the beginning of the year to discuss how to get more dads involved. Blythe is one of the pilot schools in the “Be There Dad” program.
Blythe Elementary fathers met at the beginning of the year to discuss how to get more dads involved. Blythe is one of the pilot schools in the “Be There Dad” program. Courtesy of the Blythe Elementary PTA

You’ve probably seen it at your kid’s school: When you think of a volunteer, you probably picture a mom.

Now a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools program to encourage fathers to be more involved in volunteering at their child’s school is gaining statewide attention.

Called “Be There Dad,” the program aims to recruit fathers to volunteer on campus and otherwise be more involved in the school. It launched as a pilot at 10 schools this fall, and plans to roll out to another 10 schools in the 2015-16 year.

The program has now been honored with the Oak Leaf Award from the North Carolina PTA, which recognizes “outstanding contributions that benefit children.”

So far, Be There Dad has about 500 fathers on its mailing list, and more than 150 active volunteers.

Dunn: 704-358-5235;

Twitter: @andrew_dunn

Schools with Be There Dad programs

▪ Nathaniel Alexander Elementary

▪ University Park Creative Arts Academy

▪ Bain Elementary

▪ Blythe Elementary

▪ Highland Creek Elementary

▪ Irwin Academic Center

▪ Mallard Creek Elementary

▪ Cotswold Elementary

▪ J.H. Gunn Elementary

▪ Bruns Academy

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