The D.A.D. Network (Dads Are Dynamic) is composed of dedicated pre-k fathers, uncles, brothers, and mentors who actively participated in Head Start’s Annual Gift Wrapping Event at Chancellor Avenue School this past December.
Throughout the year, D.A.D. Network members volunteer at the school, exemplifying positive parental engagement and fatherhood while supporting student learning and development. This event, one of their many initiatives, saw 16 volunteers wrapping over 500 gifts collected from Head Start locations across the City. Gifts were generously donated to St. Rocco’s Family Shelter and the Newark YMCA.
Superintendent Leόn expressed admiration, emphasizing that these dedicated fathers and male role models epitomize the essence of paying it forward, setting a powerful example for learners to emulate an inspiring legacy of compassion, engagement, and community impact.
Mr. Abdul Williams, a committed D.A.D. Network volunteer from Avon Avenue Elementary School, has been a member for over ten years, shared his passion for giving back and highlighted the benefits for both members and families during the event. Volunteers enjoyed lunch provided by the Head Start Program, and 14 raffle winners left with Head Start backpacks containing children's books, journals, pens, and tumblers to encourage reading at home.
This successful event exemplifies the D.A.D. Network's commitment to contributing to early childhood development while fostering networking opportunities and providing a support system for the families involved. These dedicated fathers and male role models exemplify paying it forward and setting an example for learners to imitate.