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Donuts with Dad is draw for ELC

By Staff | Feb 28, 2014

Brian Smith came from Los Angeles to spend time with his daughter Julissa during Donuts with Dads at Demoney Elementary on Thursday. Photo submitted

Estherville Lincoln Central Elementary hosted the first “Donuts with Dad” event this week and it appears to have been a successful event.

In fact, one dad came from Los Angeles just to spend time with his daughter.

Elementary principal Shane Kalous and his staff developed the idea of “Donuts” to involve dads (and/or grandpas) with the children at school.

Kalous said the idea started from when he was interviewed at ELC last year.

“Other schools in the area I was at were doing similar events,” he said.

He talked with staff member Kieja Evans and Shannon Schiltz from the elementary site council.

“It was just to get dads to school to share time and an activity,” Kalous said. “Often moms are more involved. This was a chance to get dads involved.”

Brian Smith, an actor from L.A., came to visit his daughter Julissa during the event.

“I just moved from Minneapolis to L.A. and I try to come back two times a month,” he said. “We usually meet in Minneapolis.”

Brian talks with his children through Skype every night, but it’s not the same.

He enjoyed “Donuts for Dads.”

“I like it,” he said. “They told me it was for 30 minutes, but I didn’t care if it was just two minutes. I haven’t had a chance to meet her (Julissa’s) teacher yet.”

Julissa wasn’t informed of dad’s pending arrival until the night before the event.

Kalous said the teachers and staff did a great job of being warm and welcoming to the fathers and grandfathers who attend.

“The smiles of the kids were priceless,” Kalous said.