Sioux Falls dads, kids connect at monthly All Pro Dad meetings

Once a month at John Harris Elementary School, fathers work with their children on being an “All Pro Dad.”

For one hour each month, dads and other important male figures in a child’s life, like grandfathers, brothers or mentors, join their children at school on Friday mornings to eat Flyboy donuts and fruit, drink coffee or milk and make memories.

The All Pro Dad meetings help dads and kids spend quality time together and strengthen their relationship, while engaging in meaningful conversations and activities centered around a character-based curriculum.

All Pro Dad has been at John Harris since at least 2017, and has been in other various schools in the Sioux Falls School District, including Laura Wilder and RF Pettigrew elementary schools and Patrick Henry Middle School, since 2010, district spokeswoman Carly Uthe said.

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Charlie Nesdahl, team captain for John Harris Elementary School, leads the father-child pairs in discussions around a major topic. Last month, they worked on the topic of community; this month, they spoke about respect.

Brian Lindaman, Madeline Lindaman (8), Claire Oleson (9) and Justin Oleson discuss the theme of respect during an All Pro Dad meeting on Friday, April 22, 2022, at John Harris Elementary School in Sioux Falls.

Dads start off by introducing their kids to the other dads at the table and telling them what made them proud of their child or children recently.

They watched a video on the topic of respect, and Nesdahl then compelled them to discuss respect with each other.

Dads asked their kids what it looks like to be respected, and why it’s important to treat others with respect. Kids asked their dads how important it is for them to be respected, and in what ways they make their dad feel respected.

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