All the research shows that male involvement in the education of our youth has a powerful impact. Male role models are needed and appreciated in schools. Six years ago our PTA President and her husband led the charge to get more males involved in our school by organizing the BUDs Club. BUDs stands for Brothers, Uncles, Dads but is inclusive of any male figure of importance to our children's lives. This "tiny little division of the PTA" quickly proved what a BIG impact it could have. In 2007 our BUDs Club was honored with a coveted Parent Involvement Award by the Florida PTA. The small group of charter members has grown to be 100 strong today! Over the years they have shown up in force to help with the heavy lifting, participated as guest readers in our classrooms, and held movie nights. Their biggest and most anticipated event each year is without a doubt the Pancake Pigout Breakfast. The BUDs get up early to cook thousands of pancakes and sausage links, cut up fruit, pour juice and prepare our dining room to host hundreds of Chets Creek students and their BUDs before school. They even let moms, grandmas and aunts eat, too! And throughout all the fun they plan they have accomplished the goal of getting more males involved - our number of males volunteering has quadrupled! And as for me - there's nothing like seeing the happy faces of our children as they proudly introduce me to their BUD!