Volunteer Dad Dedicates Time to Keep Kids Feeling Safe, Involved in Activities
School volunteer Bruce Hicks helps children feel safe and included on a playground Dec. 11 at Falcon Elementary School of Technology in District 49.
Two years ago, Hicks joined his neighborhood schools’ Watch DOGS, or Dads of Great Students. Since then, as his son acceded to fifth grade, he’s improved school safety, including the design of new crosswalks. He also helps by simply generating more smiles among students and teachers.
Perhaps best known for greeting parents lining up to drop off or pick up their children during busy mornings and afternoons, the father volunteers most weekdays.
“I feel it’s up to the parents, especially the dads, to be protectors of the kids,” said Hicks, while patrolling recess activities and occasionally speaking softly to a child looking sad. “I look for kids who are alone on the playground, and I tell them, ‘let’s go get you some friends.’ … I don’t like bullies, so I try to be the opposite.”
Hicks said he wants more parents involved at the school—“the more , the better”—explaining the administration is uniquely friendly and approachable.
“This is one of the best schools out there to get involved—some dads get more involved in the classrooms; I do more patrolling,” he said. “If you can just give a day, or every day, or every other afternoon, it’s great. … I’m loving every minute of it—you couldn’t keep me away from here.”