February 27, 2008 Edition

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Michael Bailey (right) shares a book with his dad, Jon Bailey, during Donuts for Dads at Hoxie School. Michael is a third grader in Amy Barnhill's class.

Michael Harmon enjoyed time with his son, Dustin, during the Donuts for Dads event at Hoxie School. Dustin is a third grader in Amy Barnhill's class.
TD Photos ~ John Bland

Hoxie School
hosts Donuts
for Dads

Hoxie Elementary School hosted their third annual Donuts for Dads on the morning of Feb. 14.

"We do this to give the dads an opportunity to come to the school and be with their child," said Suzanne Allen, staff member of the Hoxie School. "It was so successful the first year, we have kept doing it."

"The kids look forward to it every year," Allen said. "The dad's love it."

If a student's father is not available to come, any significant male figure, such as a grandfather or uncle of the student, is invited to attend. A high percentage of the students had participating dads or guests.

The event is held from approximately 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. It is held on Valentine's Day, so that it doesn't interfere with the state's dietary guidelines for special treats.

Students in each grade also did artwork or writings to decorate the halls for the event. Some grades drew pictures of their dads or artwork with coffee and donuts. Others completed the sentence, "I love my dad because..."

Providing donuts for students and dads in grades kindergarten through sixth grade was no small order. The Hoxie School ordered 150 dozen glazed donuts for the event from Daylight Donuts.

Wendell Jones and Lorraine Doane of Daylight Donuts were delighted with the order. To fill the order, the two, along with employee Tammy Defries, began working at 9 p.m. the night before and continued working overnight. When they completed the order, it was time to prepare their daily supply of donuts to open their business.

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