Halifax County Public Schools will be rolling out the red carpet for students and their families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Halifax County High School during the Back-2-School Expo.
The morning will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the entrance to the school at 9:45 a.m., and everyone will gather in the auditorium for the program, according to Lisa M. Long, director of elementary education/professional development.
William Denson, founder of “A Father Forever: If You Want Better…Do Better,” will be the motivational speaker.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Denson is an Air Force Vietnam-era veteran and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in communications from California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
After meeting motivational guru Les Brown and attending his workshop “Speaking For A Living,” Denson caught the motivational speaking bug and was invited to speak on ‘The Paul Denby Show.”
He spent 20 years as a baseball and basketball coach at Los Angeles YMCA’s and city parks.
Eventually he became an elementary, middle school and high school teacher in Los Angeles and Inglewood Unified School Districts.
He developed and taught a curriculum for an after-school program, “Etiquette Program For Young Males” (EPYM).
In January 1995, the vision resulted in a five-part documentary on fathers that was acknowledged by The Roy Dean Scholarship Fund in Hollywood, California.
In 2003, the state of California acknowledged AFF as a charity and faith-based organization and became nationally known as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation.
AFF is about leading fathers and father figures “on a journey of standing tall, loving, teaching, engaging, hard work, disciplining and protecting their children.”
Their motto states; “I Choose To Be A Father Forever!”
“Our motto depicts personal ownership as a father,” Denson’s website says.
All schools will have a table set up in the lobby for students and their families to visit.
Book bags will be given on a first come first serve basis for students present. “Be sure and stop by to see the HCHS Robotics Team and interact with the robot,” Long said.
The HCHS band and HCHS cheerleaders will provide entertainment.
Lunch will be served for all at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Informational vendors also will be on hand in the lobby to assist with using parent portal, checking blood pressures, connecting with the Mentor Role Model Program services, watching demonstrations of healthy eating dishes, receiving free food samples and lots more.
“Mark your calendar for this awesome event,” Long added.