2/15/19 Hillcrest fathers celebrate their kids on Valentine’s

100 dads, 100 days

Matthew Guthrie and his daughter Paisley have their picture taken at the Valentine’s Day and 100th Day of School Celebration, at Hillcrest Elementary on Thursday. Paisley wasn’t sure that her father was going to be able to attend the event, so she was surprised to see him. After seeing how excited she was and the smile on her face, Guthrie said, “That’s worth getting off work.” The school hosted a 100 Fathers/Father Figures Luncheon with students to celebrate both the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day.

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Matthew Guthrie and his daughter Paisley have their picture taken at the Valentine’s Day and 100th Day of School Celebration, at Hillcrest Elementary on Thursday. Paisley wasn’t sure that her father was going to be able to attend the event, so she was surprised to see him. After seeing how excited she was and the smile on her face, Guthrie said, “That’s worth getting off work.” The school hosted a 100 Fathers/Father Figures Luncheon with students to celebrate both the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day.

Hillcrest fathers celebrate their kids on Valentine’s
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 2/15/19     
Reprinted with permission.

Brandon Breeze and his daughter Julia Brunham talk after lunch on Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of School Celebration at Hillcrest Elementary, on Thursday. The school hosted a 100 Fathers/Father Figures Luncheon with students to celebrate both the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day.  

Brandon Breeze and his daughter Julia Brunham talk after lunch on Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of School Celebration at Hillcrest Elementary, on Thursday. The school hosted a 100 Fathers/Father Figures Luncheon with students to celebrate both the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day.

 

Hillcrest Elementary School celebrated the love between parent and child this Valentine’s Day.

The school invited fathers and father figures to a luncheon called “100 Dads for 100 Days” — a combination Valentine’s Day and 100th day of school celebration — that coordinator Charmaine Wiggins said filled a need expressed to her by fourth-graders.

“They wanted their dads to be more involved,” Wiggins said. “The 100th day was coming up, and it just sounded catchy — 100 days, 100 dads — so I said, ‘Let’s see if we can get more dads involved’ because we get a lot of moms, but we don’t want our dads to be forgotten, either, so we wanted them present in the building as well.”

The school made phone calls and sent home fliers to advertise, but Wiggins said the kids did most of the advertising for them.

As their dads picked them up from school, she could hear them shouting, “Daddy! Daddy! You have to come to school on Valentine’s Day!”

The school relaxed its “outside food” rule for the occasion, allowing parents and guardians to bring in McDonald’s, Taco Bell and other favorites.

Michael Grier brought his daughter, Georgia, some soft tacos, candy and a little bear.

“I wanted to come out to show my daughter some love and some support. And I wanted to introduce myself to the teacher,” Grier said. “My girlfriend always comes up here to deal with the teacher and stuff, so I thought I should come up and do my part.”

Austin Hill treated his daughter, Jahziya, to McDonald’s and a surprise visit from her 5-year-old brother, Kayden, who will enter kindergarten at Hillcrest this fall.

Hill said Kayden had been begging all week to come to the luncheon. And Jahziya told him this morning to make sure he didn’t forget the barbecue sauce for her nuggets.

By the end of the day, about 150 dads, moms and guardians had come for lunch. Even ABSS Superintendent Bruce Benson paid the school a visit.

Wiggins and other staff members happily snapped photos of pairs in front of the “100 Days” balloon archway at the front of the school.

“I hope it puts some more positivity into their environment. I hope it helps them become aware that, ‘OK, my dad is here, and I don’t just need my mom, I need my dad, too,’” Wiggins said. “I’m a daddy’s girl, myself. I’m almost 30, and I still call my dad up, and if he does not call me, I’m upset. A lot of these kids react the same way. Some of them cry some days because their dad had to go out of town for work. We have military kids. I think [they’re] just really happy that their dad is actually here.”

Wiggins “absolutely” plans to host the event again next year, and hopes to make it even bigger.

“I can’t wait to do it again,” she said.