Dads are doing great things at Harding!
We encourage you to throw your hat in the ring along with us. If you’re not already familiar with the Dads Club, here is a little introduction.
First, we're not big on meetings, but we are big on action. So we may do stuff for our own team or loan our team out for PTA projects where they need some help, but we don't always have a regular meetings. What we've been trying to do is develop a series of Dads' Club events throughout the year and organize/staff them as needed, meeting when we need to and not meeting when we don't. Most discussions happen on-line and then we get together to deliver some project or another.
Examples of the projects we do include the Harding Carnival, Harding ReCycle (bicycle festival and used bike sale), yard clean-up, an auction work party, garden projects, and other miscellaneous construction projects. You don’t need special skills to participate, but bring all your strengths to the table and we will exploit them as best we can! A great thing about being part of the club is that if you have a good idea that will benefit the school, you have the power of all the members of the club to pull it off.
The goal for our projects is first and foremost to put on outstanding community events; you may go home beat, but when you hear your kids (and the kids from other schools!) say that the carnival rocked, or how much fun they had at the ReCycle, you will know that it is way worth the effort. Conversely, if you ever hear your kid say a school event didn't meet their expectations, I challenge you to get in there and liven it up. That's how it works best and that's how the Dads Club works.
The more dads we have in the club, the easier it is to get things done and less work is required by each individual, so we encourage you register. Registering just means providing your email address, so that we can keep you up to date on our activities. When your schedule allows, you can come to meetings and let us know if you’ll be able to participate in events.
At the beginning of the year (chances are you'll be reading this around that time) we are in Harding Carnival season and that means we are in all-hands-on-deck mode. It is crazy to start the year off with such a big effort, but it is what it is and there is no better time. So jump in as soon as you can because we could use as many dads as possible (mom’s, too!). This is also a great way to start the year by meeting the parents of your children’s friends in a highly-rewarding community event.