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Calling All Dads: Hoover City Dad Brigade

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(HOOVER) – If you’re in or around Hoover later this summer – Saturday, August 1, to be exact – you’re likely to see a swarm of dads, granddads, uncles, brothers and others on the campuses of Hoover City Schools’ ten elementary schools.  It will all be a part of the Hoover City Dad Brigade, a community-wide service project designed for dads; the brainchild of Hoover City Schools’ Board of Education President, Mr. Derrick Murphy.

“It will show our students, teachers and principals how much the community cares,” Murphy said.

The Hoover City Dad Brigade will provide Hoover dads (and other male role models) a chance to come together and spruce up campuses, just a few days ahead of the start of the new school year (August 13).   Murphy, a father of three, worked with other dads across the city and dad groups (including the Deer Valley Dads) to conceptualize the plan.  The Brigade's stated objectives include showing children the importance of parental involvement; supporting school personnel; and giving high school boys opportunities for community service hours.

Murphy credits his community-mindedness with a supportive upbringing, which included his grandfather, Arthur Robert Murphy, a World War II Veteran.

“He was a very structured man.  The one thing I loved about him is that he was very patient,” Murphy said.

Now, years later, Murphy himself transforms patience into projects.  Projects like the Hoover City Dad Brigade.  He hopes a minimum of 400 Hoover dads will show up at the Riverchase Galleria Home Depot on the morning of August 1st (6:45 a.m.) and load up their trucks and SUVs with supplies; many of which will be donated by Home Depot.  Each elementary school will be assigned a project leader to ensure tasks are carried out effectively and efficiently at each campus, with a scheduled stop-time of 1:00 p.m.

Beyond the spruce-up of campuses, Murphy and school leaders look to the larger goals: making a difference in children’s lives through positive role-modeling.

“When they see their parents helping at school in any magnitude, whether that’s reading in the library, going on field trips, etc. - that's a good thing.” Murphy said.  “Being there as a dad can make all the difference for a student.”

If you are interested in being a part of the Hoover City Dad Brigade (including rising 9th-12th graders), please sign up below:

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FOX 6 
ABC 33/40
Hoover Sun



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