Last Friday morning, the Pinewood gym buzzed with the kind of excitement that only comes when dads give two thumbs up to sugar in the morning.
Because at 8 a.m., dads and sons and dads and daughters filed into school, ready for a little extra time together before classes began. With twenty-two dozen donuts ordered and over 275 RSVP’s, Amy Perrien, coordinator of the event, prepared herself for another year of smiles and laughter.
“Donuts with Dads is a great time to hang out with your child and enjoy the fall — and it’s the right time of year for donuts. We love providing the opportunity to do something fun with your child at school!” Amy said.
Aside from offering breakfast and setting the stage for extra time together, Amy created table tents containing conversation starters — not only for dads and children, but as an opportunity for dads to meet other dads. The air was filled with voices asking and answering these questions:
- What do you worry about the most?
- Donuts or bagels?
- If you were invisible where would you go and what would you do?
- Michigan or MSU?
- How ‘bout those Lions?
With full bellies, packed tables and lots to discuss, it was obvious that the event was a hit. As dads settled in with coffee donated by Bigby of Jenison, we heard comments like:
- “It’s great to have more time to hang out with your kids.”
- “What I like is seeing your kids’ friends. It’s good to get to know them, too.”
- “It seems like it’s the moms who usually get to do everything. This is a good opportunity for dads. We appreciate it.”
- “I love having the one on one time with my daughter.”
- “It’s a good opportunity to see the morning routine and see how stuff is done at school outside of conferences. It keeps me involved.”
- “I’m so excited for free donuts!”
- “I like to eat donuts with my dad because we usually don’t eat a lot of donuts. This is special.”
- “The best part of today is that I get to spend time with my dad!”
With family members snuggled close, we knew that the donuts weren’t the only sweet thing in the gym that day. Sweeter yet were the relationships being strengthened by the simple act of sharing breakfast.