Gene Goodson

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Oklahoma Mentor Day

Gene Goodson

Fathers Are In The House (F.A.I.T.H.), Fairview

Trooper Goodson is president of F.A.I.T.H. (Fathers Are In The House) and is one of the two founding fathers of the program. Throughout his 20 years of service in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, he has seen the impact of what a fatherless home can do to a family.

In 2007, Goodson moved back to his hometown of Fairview, and each day he was on duty he would stop by the elementary school to ensure that the students were getting to school safely.

“Through this time Trooper Goodson noticed a need,” said Timothy Haworth, vice president of F.A.I.T.H. and Major County associate district judge. “That need fostered the formation of F.A.I.T.H.”

The first F.A.I.T.H. volunteers were present at Cornelsen Elementary School in Fairview in October 2016 waiting for the first students to be dropped off. The initial and immediate reaction was beyond what was expected, Haworth said. “The students instantly took to the volunteers with high fives, hugs and smiles.”

Goodson will tell you, “I will not let anyone meet your child at school and help them out of your car if I would not let them do the same with my child.”  He will also tell you with a smile, “As a F.A.I.T.H. volunteer, there is nowhere you can go in Fairview without having kids come up to you with a smile to say ‘Hi’ or give you a hug or a high five.”

“Trooper Goodson has been a rock for the F.A.I.T.H. program and is one of the first volunteers that the students recognize,” Haworth said. “Without Trooper Goodson, the students in Fairview would be lacking a much-needed presence in their lives.

F.A.I.T.H. wishes to say “Thank You” to Trooper Goodson for all the hard work, time and effort he has put in on behalf of the program, and the students of Cornelsen Elementary also wish to say, “We Love you, Trooper Gene!”

About the Program: Fathers Are In the House (F.A.I.T.H) is comprised of more than 20 fathers, grandfathers and community volunteers – many in law enforcement – who serve as positive role models and spend time with students at Cornelson Elementary School. Volunteers, who must pass a background check, help greet students arriving at school in the morning and also visit classes to interact with students.