BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Breakfast time is typically busy at Oak Mountain Elementary School. Tuesday, the cafeteria was more packed than usual.
It was the school’s first All Pro Dads Day, and more than 75 dads came to eat breakfast with their kids. Andrew Machtolff joined his second-grade son, August.
“Words can’t describe how priceless it is to have that opportunity to be here,” Machtolff said.
And it’s not the only opportunity. All 15 elementary schools in Shelby County Schools will offer an All Pro Dads Day each month.
“It’s an opportunity to build a bigger bond, a stronger bond, between families and between the schools,” district superintendent Dr. Lewis Brooks said.
It’s also a chance to get dads more involved in schools.
“We have amazing PTO’s that work with our schools. But a lot of times, those are moms,” Brooks said. “And so having this platform as an opportunity to have more dads involved really heightens the level of learning that goes on in our buildings.”
Tuesday, it was clear to Machtolff just how high that level of learning is.
“I started talking to (August) about leadership today. And he said, ‘Dad I know all that, I’m already a leader,'” Machtolff said. “He felt like he already had it covered pretty well, but I think I gave him a pointer or two, hopefully.”
That’s the goal for All Pro Dads, who sometimes learn when they attend the events that they have all pro kids.