Clayton schools seeking male volunteers for schools

On Saturday, Clayton County Public Schools will host a program that is designed to kick off its campaign to get more adult males to volunteer in the system's schools.

The program is called, "We Need 500 Men to Stand in the Gap," but the name is a bit misleading.

While the initial goal was, in fact, to get 500 men to volunteer to be mentors in the county's schools, Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley has bumped up the goal to 5,000 men, according to School System Community Relations Liaison Rhonda Burnough.

The event will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., at Mundy's Mill High School, which is located at 9652 Fayetteville Road, in Jonesboro.

Participants are scheduled to hear an address from guest speaker, Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.

During the free event, attendees will be asked to sign up as school volunteers.

Burnough, who oversees the volunteer program for the school system, said there are some schools that already have male mentoring programs, but there was an overall lack of male role models across the school system.

She said the district's goal is to establish male mentoring programs at all of the school system's 60 schools.