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Plaza Elementary School hosts first ‘Dudes N’ Donuts’

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“I love you, dude!” dozens of children said simultaneously.

More than 100 people filled the gymnasium of Plaza Elementary School on the morning of Sept. 26, when the PTA hosted “Dudes N’ Donuts,” a first-time event held to encourage fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other “dudes” to become more involved.

“We just wanted to dedicate a morning to all of the men in our children’s lives,” Plaza Principal Mark Gray said. “As a father of four, and as an uncle and a big brother, I know how important it is to have men in your life. So whoever you are, whether you’re dad, uncle, friend, grandfathers — thank you for making your kid a priority.”

Plaza students and their “dudes” enjoyed a spread of donuts and other breakfast foods, played games and took photos in the “selfie station.”

“It’s good to see so many dads, dudes, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and brothers come out,” said Keaton Morris, a PTA member who has two children in the district. “I just want to encourage you guys to let you know that it’s really important for you to get involved with the PTA. There are a lot of great opportunities to allow your kid to flourish and be exposed — you see the fellowship that they have with one another right now.”

Morris mentioned a successful car wash hosted by fifth-graders last month where students washed almost 100 cars.

“So I encourage you to be a part of it, take action, be proactive and enjoy yourself,” Morris said.

“There are lots of things we’re trying to do this year for the PTA,” Kelly Hill, a PTA member, said. “We’re trying to do a pickup game of basketball on Saturdays for the dads, we’re trying to do some STEM programs and chess for the dads and kids. Please sign up and consider joining the PTA. This is what we do — we come and we support our kids, we advocate for our kids. It’s nothing more than that. I don’t want you to think it’s extra work, extra things, these are fun things that we do with our kids. Talk to people, meet people — this is your community, and we’re here for each other.”