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31-May-2016 (HCS) - Back-to-school cleanup has become a lot easier thanks to the Hoover City Dad Brigade.

Since they began last year, the ranks of the Hoover City Dad Brigade have swelled to the point that more than 600 volunteers are expected to take part in this year’s cleanup project. 

Like last summer, the group will not only tackle various “spruce up” chores at the city’s 10 elementary schools but also will take on Hoover’s three middle schools — Berry, Bumpus and Simmons — plus Brock’s Gap Intermediate.

Students’ dads, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures will gather July 23 at Home Depot on Galleria Circle for a 6:45 a.m. Chick-fil-A breakfast and to be assigned their school and tasks, which could range from painting to pressure washing to toting furniture. 

Derrick MurphyThere will be two team leaders per school who have met with their school’s principal to determine the buildings’ needs and materials required. Participants can expect to work from 7:30 a.m. to about noon.

The Dads Brigade is the brainchild of Derrick Murphy, past Hoover City Schools board chair and current City Council candidate. It was launched last year in an effort to engage more fathers in their children’s school experience.

“Traditionally, it’s the moms who are more involved in school activities, and we look at this as a way fathers can become a bigger part of the equation and enhance relationships with teachers and administrators,” Murphy said. “Our volunteers range from family members to area church volunteers to high school athletes earning community hours. Whether you have a connection to a student or just want to help, your participation helps our facilities, but more importantly, benefits the kids socially and academically.”

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