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January 13, 2011

Pittsboro schools form All Pro Dads chapter

PITTSBORO — PITTSBORO — One minute a day, one hour a month, one day a year. That’s part of the equation of being an All Pro Dad.

All Pro Dad (APD) is a program that was launched in 1997 by former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy. It is designed to give men the resources and encouragement they need to become better fathers. It’s a football-themed program that features more than 50 NFL players, coaches, and alumni that speak on the importance of being a good father. The model of the program asks men to give one minute a day for a daily fatherhood e-mail, one hour a month for an in-school father/child breakfast, and one day a year to take part in an APD Father and Kid Experience.

There are currently 1,066 chapters in 46 states, including a new chapter in Pittsboro.

Pittsboro elementary and primary schools recently started their own chapter of the program, headed up by Principals Erica Roehling and Jeremy Brooks and parent Mark Michael. The first one-hour monthly breakfast for the group is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Jan. 21 in the library at the elementary school.

“We’re always looking for ways to get the parents involved,” Brooks said.

Michael and the two principals believe that these breakfasts will not only foster a better relationship between father and child, but may also positively impact a student’s classroom performance.

Roehling explained, “It shows the kids that home and school are connected.”

She said APD will be especially important in her building that is dominated by females. She has one male employee who is in the building on a limited basis throughout the week.

“It will be good for them to have that positive male role model,” she added.

Michael, who has two students at the elementary school, and parent Matt Stuart have worked side by side to bring the program to the school.

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