This week’s for the Dads Doing It Right series I am putting the spotlight on dads who are helping out their families and communities. These dads are looking to make things better for people in their neighborhood. They are stepping up in different ways. There are even stories of dads working with their kids on different projects. If there are any other dads that you think we should check out leave their name and info in the comment section below.
Dads On Duty – Stepping Up For Students
Dads on Duty came to be after two tough years for students and educators at Rigby Middle School. The school was dealing with a global pandemic and a shooting last summer left two students and a custodian injured. A teacher at Rigby got much deserved praise for disarming the suspected sixth-grade shooter with a hug. Even after that incident the police arrested another student with a gun at the school. No shots were fired. The school safety coordinator, Whitney Wagoner started this program. The district sent out an email asking dads to sign up. The kids and staff are already happy to see the positive effects from this program.
Dad Fury – Cheering On Their Kids
Ladies and gentlemen may I present to you, Dad Fury. They are dads of daughters who are in competition cheerleading at Westside Gymnastics and Cheer. Their daughters were saying that cheerleading had become intense. The practices are long and the competitions are demanding. These 12 dads were looking for a way to support their young daughters. First they started wearing the same T-shirts and hats. They would do cheers for the girls as they walked into the gym for big competitions. It just kept growing. Now the dozen grown men, dress in very silly, pink uniforms. They go with their daughters everywhere to support them.
Landis Hooks – Dad To The Rescue
Cody Hooks is an 18-year-old bull rider. A month ago he competed at the Bell County Rodeo in Texas. He has had some success so far in his career. Yet last month there was a scary site. He was thrown by a big bull named Twizler shortly after coming out of the gate. The impact knocked the young cowboy unconscious, while the bull was still in the arena. The bull started going back to Cody. Cody’s father, Landis Hooks was there and risked his life to help his son. As the bull lowered it’s horns, Landis covered his son’s body to protect him. Thankfully both men left the incident with some scrapes and bruises.
Dads Making a Difference Program
In Wyoming there is a statewide program is giving dads the chance to rise above challenges as fathers and members of the community. Dads Making a Difference is a 12-week program developed to empower Wyoming fathers and equip them with the tools they need to succeed. There is some training that centers on life-skills, relationship-building, parenting, credit repair and community service. The other half focuses on vocational training. The Dads program partners with Sage Truck Driving School, where dads earn a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) to start a career in the trucking industry. What is cool to see is that father and son, Louis and Ben Medina are taking this course together.