Men will serve as pupils' mentors

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Some Richmond County students don't get a chance to see positive male role models on a regular basis. Dads in Action -- Making Schools Better seeks to fill that void.

Sgt. Richard Roundtree is leading Dads in Action, a group of male mentors.  File/Staff
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Sgt. Richard Roundtree is leading Dads in Action, a group of male mentors.

This group of male mentors will begin work at Tubman, Morgan Road and Glenn Hills middle schools this fall, said Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree, the chairman of the group.

With about 25 men already signed up, Sgt. Roundtree said he hopes that dozens more can be recruited to the organization this summer.

"Sometimes the only males they see are the janitors," member Kenny White said. "The youth is in a crisis, so just being there, just seeing a positive male figure would make the difference."

Georgia PTA began The Dads in Schools Initiative statewide early this year, said Barbara Seigler, the president of the Richmond County Council of PTAs. In April, the program was approved for Richmond County.

"The male involvement is needed nationwide," Ms. Seigler said. "Hopefully, we'll see more parental involvement and more positive people that want to be involved in the schools."

Though the title caters to fathers, Sgt. Roundtree said he doesn't want to limit the group just to men who are parents.

The group plans to start at the three middle schools and branch out to additional schools throughout the year, he said.

The men are now developing a logo and hope to raise awareness and funds for the program this summer.

Mr. White said he worked with the 100 Black Men of Ohio in Columbus, so he has seen the firsthand the effect Dads in Action could have.

"These (young) males are starving for attention," he said. "I think we could show them to keep hope alive."

The "dads" would be tutoring, helping teachers and assessing any other needs at each school, Sgt. Roundtree said.

Kelvin Apparicio said his 25 years in the Army and his 20 years as a father of six have prepared him for the program. He said he can't wait to suit up as a dad in action.

"We just want to let kids know to study hard and set goals to be successful," he said. "They need to know that men care about that happening."

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

TO GET INVOLVED


Dads in Action will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center, 401 Walton Way. For more information, contact Richard Roundtree at rroundtree@augustaga.gov.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/03/08 - 06:20 am
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This is a wonderful way to

This is a wonderful way to try to help these kids. A responsible male in the life of children has obvious benefits. This is still a way to treat the symptom (unintended consequence) instead of the root cause (replacing the father with a government check).

movingforward
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movingforward 06/03/08 - 06:27 am
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I trust that all of these

I trust that all of these dads have gone through a full back ground check to assure the students have true mentors and not a child predator.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/03/08 - 07:22 am
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Moving forward, you place

Moving forward, you place your trust well. Criminal background checks on prospective members will be done by the RCSD, mandatory and free.

SmokinGun
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SmokinGun 06/03/08 - 08:17 am
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The background needs to be

The background needs to be checked on Roundtree. Check his file with the RCSD asnd see what kind of role model he is. And to think of him tutoring someone - that is a joke. He could be the motivation for the television show "Smarter than a Fifth Grader"

bone
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bone 06/03/08 - 08:43 am
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this is the same roundtree

this is the same roundtree that bullied the store clerk into confessing, isn't it? don't know how he could be legally excluded from the DADS program, but he doesn't seem to possess character traits that the program would need for adults working with students.

tango123
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tango123 06/03/08 - 09:15 am
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I think that Mr. Rountree is

I think that Mr. Rountree is doing something positive that will benefit the whole community. This is a great opportunity to show our youth that we care about their future. Good job, Mr. Rountree.

wake up
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wake up 06/03/08 - 09:25 am
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Roundtree has a job to

Roundtree has a job to do.This have nothing to do with helping ours youth.Everyone is always pointing fingers. We shape tomorrow`s world by what we teach our children today. pray

XY
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XY 06/03/08 - 10:18 am
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It is people like bone &

It is people like bone & smokingun who stangle this community and prevents it from moving foward together. I have heard Sgt. Roundtree speak at several schools and civic organizations and you can see that he really cares about this community. If you don't like the job he is doing, then why don't you do something positive instead of criticizing people who are. Like my mother always told me, " If you can't say something nice, keep your mouth shut"

cparker
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cparker 06/03/08 - 10:42 am
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I think this is a wonderful

I think this is a wonderful idea. Many young boys need a special type influence in their lives. Especially at some of the most disadvantaged schools. Sgt Roundtree did a great job speaking At Glenn Hill HS a couple of years back for career day.

rufus
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rufus 06/03/08 - 10:42 am
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A noble effort. Good luck.

A noble effort. Good luck.

serenityjoi
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serenityjoi 06/03/08 - 11:08 am
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smokingun, bone [filtered word]!

smokingun, bone
[filtered word]! roundtree is a father and a police officer and would be a great mentor to many of our young men and women. i have seen him and his son plenty of times at different functions and his son is always well behaved. please stop the hate and try to appreciate what this group of positive men are trying to do for our community.

1trugent
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1trugent 06/03/08 - 11:10 am
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The only thing that prevents

The only thing that prevents any community moving forward is the poor choices women make in men. No adult male role model can ever replace the role of the father.

bone
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bone 06/03/08 - 11:16 am
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don't mean to keep my hands

don't mean to keep my hands on the throat of this fine community, justincase. if roundtree is a fine man and father, then i'm sure he'll contribute to DADS program in RC. i only know him from the recent article questioning his integrity during a criminal investigation and i probably don't have the whole story, anyway.

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 06/03/08 - 01:13 pm
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Sounds like a race based

Sounds like a race based group by the schools and such that they are talking about.

motivatedinhepzibah
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motivatedinhepzibah 06/03/08 - 02:45 pm
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I don't think its race based

I don't think its race based at all. Since by far the greatest number of people of welfare and kids on medicaid are single white moms. So this is problem for all of america not just in the CSRA. And since all races in america have single moms. I think its a great idea and should go to aiken, burke, columbia, and mcduffie county next. Don't white, hispanic, black, asian kids attend schools in richmond county. I think they will be visiting all schools in richmond county. They just had to start with a few. White people in augusta would never let hepzibah, cross creek, westside, butler, or richmond. Especially cross creek, richmond, and westside lose its percentage of white students. Do you know how many kids who live in columbia, aiken, or another county. Their parents lie about their address being in richmond county. Just to get them into davidson, Ar johnson.

damsl76
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damsl76 06/03/08 - 04:17 pm
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MONEYMAN where do you get

MONEYMAN where do you get your information? google augusta ga and look at the REAL statistics for this area and its welfare communities. WAKEUP do pray, pray for what scumridder said-that these women stop breeding children into these dead end situations. as for rountree its a noble thing for the guy to try and reach some of the kids he will be arresting in a few years. seriously.

lilcarl
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lilcarl 06/03/08 - 06:47 pm
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i think these guys are doing

i think these guys are doing a good thing ,alot more men need to attend,this is great for the community,may god bless each and every one of you,every child needs a good mentor in there life ,but most of all put god first and everything will be ok,and have faith (.your boy harvey).;peace.

toppergem
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toppergem 06/04/08 - 01:35 am
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For all of you naysayers, why

For all of you naysayers, why don't you be part of the solution. If you are dads offer your service to this group, help some young men in the community see and work with a segment of society that they have not had the opportunity to work with. Why must we always be negative about every little thing. I am excited that Mr. Roundtree has the desire to help young men of our community. I wish him and his group nothing but success.

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