Army sergeant enlists 85 dads to mentor at school

Here’s something positive—and it’s a program that should be functioning at every school in America.  Sgt. Williams, we salute you.

From the Annapolis, Maryland Capital Gazette:

Everyone knows Algrish Williams at Pershing Hill Elementary School.

And why wouldn’t they? He’s top dog.

Williams, an Army sergeant first class, is spearheading a new mentoring program, “Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).”

The idea is for fathers like himself to lend a hand at the Fort George G. Meade school and serve as role models for children whose dads may be absent — whether because of deployment, divorce or another reason.

In just a few weeks, Williams has recruited 85 fathers for the program who’ve agreed to volunteer at least one day. He’d like the entire school year covered, and other schools on the base to become involved, but he’s satisfied with the progress he’s made to date.

“I strongly believe fathers have to be involved with their children’s education,” said Williams, who works in human resources for the military. “This (program) gives them an opportunity to connect with their children and also provide a father figure for other children.”

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