‘Dudes Holding Doors’ encourages kids during Tyler ISD Hello Week

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 12:53 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 4:11 PM CDT

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Moore Magnet School students received high fives and fist bumps on Thursday. It’s part of a program the school started last year called Dudes Holding Doors.

“Every household, unfortunately, may not have a father figure in that household,” says Volunteer Marlin Sinville, who felt compelled to greet the students of Moore MST Magnet school this morning.

The volunteers welcomed students with fist bumps and high fives.

“We hope that by having these interactions with trusted adults and seeing those modeled, that will help our kids be more sensitive to the needs of others and aware of those things and help them promote positive interactions among them and their peers,” says Aubrey Ballard, who has been the principal of Moore MST Magnet school for three years now.

Ballard says that events that instill character in students such as this may prevent bullying.

“It’s good for them to come up here and see men at the school in a positive light as good role models,” says Ballard.

Principle Ballard says the Dudes Holding Doors event will occur 8 times throughout the school year. Around five volunteers signed up for this event, including Cory Turner.

“I might as well lend my time to somebody a cause that I feel is nice that’s worth it to greet some of these students with a smile and let them know that they are going to have a good day,” says Turner.

Principle Ballard says that the main purpose is character development and to reinforce positive expectations while they are still in the beginning of the school year.

“We think it’s a good time to reinforce some of those positive expectations that we have for them and encourage them to get to know some new people and just model what’s it like to be friendly and lift other people up,” says Ballard.