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Dads 'drafted' to help kids' summer reading skills

Posted April 24, 2019

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Former NFL coach Tony Dungy was in Fort Worth to introduce the All Pro Dad program to local sites.

Mayor Betsy Price joined NFL Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy for Mayor’s Draft Day, an opportunity to draw attention to All Pro Dad programs at local schools and community centers.

The first-of-its-kind program encourages fathers and their children to read together this summer as part of the 100x25 initiative. The program is a partnership with the City of Fort Worth and All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of national nonprofit Family First.

Family First plans to establish All Pro Dad chapters at 21 Fort Worth community centers, adding to the existing 73 All Pro Dad chapters in Fort Worth-area schools. These chapters will work to offset the “summer slide” in reading that has detrimental impacts to children’s educational progress.

“Community involvement, year-round, is critical to moving the needle on childhood literacy in Fort Worth,” Price said. “That is why we are thrilled to partner with All Pro Dad, a program that encourages reading as part of its curriculum, that will be available in all of Fort Worth’s community centers starting this summer.”

Before the mayor’s Draft Day event, Dungy addressed superintendents, principals and school leaders about launching more of the monthly All Pro Dad chapters across the area. All Pro Dad chapters provide an opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their children that will strengthen their relationship, as well as benefit the child’s school and the entire community.

“Establishing All Pro Dad chapters in Fort Worth at the community centers will allow us to engage and encourage reading outside the classroom and school setting so that when the new school year starts, students are ready for the next year,” Dungy said. “At All Pro Dad, we believe fathers should be present in their children’s lives, and reading with them is a way to be active and present in their lives throughout the year.”

Tuesday’s event concluded with a “draft” of fathers who will volunteer to lead the All Pro Dad programs at community centers.

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