Bellefonte

Benner Elementary dads get schooled at breakfast

Jordan Robinson has breakfast with his daughter Danika, 6, at the All Pro Dad Breakfast at Benner Elementary School in Benner Township on Sept. 26.
Jordan Robinson has breakfast with his daughter Danika, 6, at the All Pro Dad Breakfast at Benner Elementary School in Benner Township on Sept. 26. CDT photo

Ruby Cossick had a lot to say about her father, Tommy Cossick.

The most important was that she gets to spend time with him, the 6-year-old said.

The two attended the All Pro Dad breakfast event at Benner Elementary School on Friday — an opportunity for dads to spend the morning with their children before school and to learn a few lessons themselves.

All Pro Dad is a fatherhood-focused program of Family First, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families.

Friday’s event was the first of the school year and, in addition to breakfast, it featured a presentation on the “power of consistency.” A different theme is featured every other month, Principal Kris Vancas said.

“We want to encourage them and let them know it’s the little things that really make an impact, and to keep it up,” Vancas said.

Vancas brought the program to the school three years ago along with an iMom morning breakfast for moms held in the alternating months.

“It’s our chance to connect with parents and provide opportunities for parents to get more involved in our school,” Vancas said.

About 80 dads attended Friday’s breakfast, which began with and introduction and an opportunity for fathers to say something positive — something that makes them proud — about their children. Then the children got a chance to do the same for their dads, highlighting the positives of their relationships.

“We’re new to the area, so this is a nice way to see what’s going on in the school,” Peter Rainey said.

Rainey moved to the Bellefonte area about a month ago from Chicago, and his son and daughter are students at the school.

“I like to take advantage of any time I get to spend with the kids,” he said.

The iMom breakfast will be at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 24; and the next All Pro Dad event will be Nov. 21.

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