FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Normally for students at Southwick Elementary, they just walk up to school, maybe they run into the principal, then they’re off to class.
The day after spring break is different, though. They’re greeted with high fives and hugs from local men. This is part of a plan put in place by Principal Diamond Robinson to keep her students going after spring break.
Robinson recounted the meeting of minds to put this together, saying "last year I met with a team of our support staff and just thought how can we just inspire kids and encourage them when they come back from break?”
2019 is the second year for the Few Good Men event. The premise is simple. Invite men from the community to help encourage students for that final push at the end of the school year. Reverend Stephen Terry, who used to be a board member in East Allen County Schools, was very excited to welcome the kids back! He believes a male presence is important at Southwick.
Terry said, "most of our elementary schools, and this building being preschool through second grade, they see more women faces, but to see more men is just exciting to them."
Some of the men are uncles, some are teachers, some are pastors. Roger Reece, the Executive Pastor of Associated Churches attended for the first time this year.
"It was so fun to see the kids open the door of their vehicles and get out and start to see that little smile come on and it was just amazing," Reece said.
After the commotion outside, students were more excited than before to get their work started inside.
Once students were inside working, Principal Robinson said the kids were excited to see the men. She said "They love them. They love any special attention. You can see they were giving hugs and high fives, so they were excited."
If the students are still at Southwick, they may see some of the same face next year.