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Dudes and Donuts combine for breakfast at North Bend

Connecting families with their school
North Liberty Police Officer Scott Sammons hands a donut to Madison Jones as her dad Matt and sister Avarie look on during North Bend Elementary School’s annual Dudes and Donuts event Friday, April 19, at the school in North Liberty. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY– Friday, April 19, was supposed to be a day off from school for students at Clear Creek Amana’s North Bend Elementary, in North Liberty. Instead, it became a regular school day due to so many snow days this past winter.
However, the bitterness of having to go to school to kick off the Easter weekend was sweetened.
Literally.
The school held its fourth annual Dudes and Donuts breakfast the hour before the start of classes, giving the kids a sweet start to their school day.
“We have a family event, Dudes and Donuts where the students can bring in their favorite dude,” Ashley Keller, the school counselor said. “Whether it’s their dad, or their uncle, or their grandpa, whoever is important to them, and they get to enjoy a free donut and juice or coffee, whatever they like.”
The whole reason for the event is to create a connection between the school and home, Keller said. “So that families can come in, and it also creates a sense of community amongst our staff pulling off this event, so, it serves lots of purposes.”
The moms, grandmas and aunts get their turn in the fall with Maidens and Muffins.
The North Bend Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) partnered with the faculty and staff for the event, and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union donated paper products and money. A crowd of around 700 was anticipated for the hour-long happening which filled the gym.
“It’s a fun event,” Keller said, “It’s a great event for our students, our families and our community.”