Philadelphia fathers visited a local elementary school, giving high-fives to students and cheering up one tearful child.
On Tuesday, eight men, some of whom were strangers, arrived at Allen M. Stearne School for an event called “Hi-Fives with Dads.” Their purpose was to greet children in grades K-8, as they returned to school, and provide encouragement for the year ahead.
The project sprung from a meeting between Jai Crabbe, a local homeless advocate and founder of the nonprofit D.O.P.E. (Doing Our Part Eclectically) and Dave Miller of the clothing brand Peace and Love Attire. The two had met to discuss branding ideas for Miller’s line and talked about their mutual passions: helping children.
Miller, 37, a father of 8, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that most students at Allen M. Stearne have low-income families of which fathers are either scarce or not recognized for their efforts. “Some of these kids don’t even have male role models,” he says.
The pair posted a Facebook prompt for neighborhood men to welcome kids to school. “Someone suggested we wear suits but that wouldn’t speak to an artistic kid,” Miller tells Yahoo Lifestyle.