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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Katherine Granger
Posted by : David Hirsch on June 15, 2013 - 2:46pm

TEAMDAD partnered with University of Phoenix to conduct the 2103 Military Fatherhood Essay Contest in Okinawa, Japan.  Students were asked to write essays to the theme “What My Father Means To Me.”   In total more than 400 essays were collected from the children of servicemen stationed in Okinawa.  10 essay finalists and their dads were selected as winners.


Here is Katherine Granger’s Essay (Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, 4th Grade).


If you want to know a lot about my dad keep reading.  My dad is very sweet and nice and gives a lot to me.  He let me go to the circus and Tokyo Disneyland because he wants me to have fun.  He made my coins into dollars because my box was getting full.  He let me look through the telescope because he wants me to be interested in space.  He bought a satellite TV because we were tired of watching the same Apple TV over again.  He takes my brother and me to see my mom when she’s deployed like for Christmas at Qatar.  He helps me solve problems from SAP.  He teaches me how to stick up for myself.  He makes sure my homework is done before I go to bed.  He prays with me and tucks me in at night. 


 That’s why my dad is the bestest dad in the world and I love him so, so much!


Here is Brian Granger’s (Katherine’s Dad’s) Response:


Reading Katherine’s essay brought a tear to my eye.  With her mother being deployed for a year, I am happy to see that she still feels loved and taken care of.  I am very proud of my little girl and enjoy spending time with her.  I will always love her and be there for her.


If you’d like to receive a collection of a couple of dozen inspirational essays, like the one above, please go to: and click resources.  The Me And My Dad essay guide also includes a 7- Session curriculum, which is a great way for a small group of dads to read, reflect and resolve to be better dads.  Proceeds from the essay guides go to support father-child programs.


From DAD To DAD, it’s very moving to read authentic messages about being a dad, especially those who are really making a difference in the lives of their kids and others.

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About author: David Hirsch
David Hirsch is the father of five, ranging in age from 17 to 25. He is CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) at TEAMDAD and the founder (1997) of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, the country's first state-wide non-profit fatherhood organization whose mission is connecting children and fathers by Actively Engaging Fathers In The Education Of Children.
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