Group of dads greets CMS students, offers support amid violence at schools

CHARLOTTE — A group of dads is dedicated to make sure students feel safe when they go into their south Charlotte elementary school.

They call themselves the Men of Eastover, and they greet students in the drop-off line at Eastover Elementary School every day.

“We just wanted to make sure they had support in case they had questions and whatnot, so we’re trying to get the dads out here and let them know we’re here for them,” Will Smith told Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura.

The Men of Eastover are part of a larger group called Be There Dad, which helps fathers engage in their children’s lives. About 20 other similar groups are spread across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Kustura explains how their role is even more important to students and their families in light of the recent school shootings.

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