Pastors, community leaders, and fathers arrived at Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School this morning in a visible show of strength and unity against recent gang violence. The event, “Donuts with Dad” provided an opportunity for young students to network with men from all over Fresno who wanted to show an alternative to gang life.
Pastors, Fresno City Councilmember Oliver Baines, Superintendent Bob Nelson, Fresno Unified Trustees Brooke Ashjian and Cal Johnson, and many men from the community mentored hundreds of students.
The goal? Mentor young men and provide role models before and after school in all South West Fresno schools. Pastor D.J. Criner said, “the streets are calling” in the wake of recent gang violence, and encouraged students to be courageous, honest and not fall into the trap of gang life.
Response from male students? Sheer happiness as they talked about their future aspirations and ate dozens of donuts.