Fathers Being Involved (FBI) was started at Nickajack with the mission of giving fathers – and father figures – an opportunity to make a positive impact through an active presence in the school and community. Headed by Vice President of the PTA Ryan Roy, the FBI initiative incorporates the mindset that fathers should be interacting and engaging at the school with their children to increase intellect, boost confidence, give children someone to look up to, provide a different perspective, and feel the love!
There are several opportunities available within the FBI at Nickajack – the FBI Reader Day, the FBI Breakfast, and FBI cleanup day. The FBI Breakfast is held on a monthly basis, with fathers sharing breakfast with their children at school. At the breakfast, there are frequent guest speakers highlighting ways fathers can serve as role models and active participants in the lives of their children. Three mornings a year, the hallways are filled with over 60 fathers heading to read to students across the school. When they aren’t reading to students, the FBI helps chip in on weekend cleanup days to beautify the school.
Mr. Roy noted that the main reason Dads aren’t involved in schools is because, “they aren’t asked at all, or aren’t given any specific ways of how to get involved.” At Nickajack, the FBI is asking, and advocating, for fathers to be actively engaged with their children.
Kelly McNabb, Supervisor
Positive School Culture
Contributing Author: Kathleen Greb, District PBIS Coach