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Flash Dads surprise Semple Elementary students

The Flash dads greet Semple Elementary students as they arrived for school. (Source:  Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News) The Flash dads greet Semple Elementary students as they arrived for school. (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News)
A sign of encouragement held by one of the Flash dads. (Source:  Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News) A sign of encouragement held by one of the Flash dads. (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News)
Danielle Randle (Source:  Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News) Danielle Randle (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News)
Jason Langley (Source:  Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News) Jason Langley (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News)
Jerry Ledbetter (Source:  Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News) Jerry Ledbetter (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Unexpected guests greeted students at Semple Elementary School. Dozens of men participated in JCPS' Flash Dads initiative at the school. 

The group included fathers, local businessmen, teachers, staff, alumni and church leaders. The men gave out high fives and cheers as students stepped off of buses and out of cars. The purpose of the group is to motivate students to stay in school and learn.

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"For some of these kids, like I said it's not ideal, so it really just makes their day and warms my heart," Jason Langley said.
 
Although Langley doesn't have a child at Semple Elementary, he volunteered on behalf of 100 Black Men of Louisville and Kappa Alpha Si.
 
Another volunteer, Jerry Ledbetter, has participated in every Flash Dads event on behalf of Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club.
 
"Something so small can be so very welcoming to a child," Ledbetter said.
 
The school's principal, Danielle Randle, emphasized how important a man's role is in every student's life.
 
"When students know that they're cared about, they perform that much better," Randle said. "They have to feel safe and they have to feel loved, in our neighborhoods and in our families. The man is the backbone," she added.

The Department of Equity and Poverty helps organize Flash Dads to visit schools monthly. In August, Flash Dads surprised students at Roosevelt-Perry Elementary. In September, the group greeted Crums Lane Elementary School.
 
Flash Dads will visit their next school on November 14. JCPS has not revealed the location of that event, in an effort to surprise the students.

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