Meet the Fokkers

The Fathers of Ocean Knoll Kids is a group of obviously good-humored dads dedicated to their community and their school. Founded by Lane Paxton and Paul Maes, they explained, “One day we were hanging out, families playing in the background having a good time, and we made the observation that us Ocean Knoll Elementary dads could do more to build the community and help the school with fundraising.” Paul came up with the great name and the rest is history. Lane immediately began working on social media pages and plans for their first fundraiser, the 1st Annual Ocean Knoll Bocce Tournament, which was held recently.

According to Lane the tournament was a great success. “We were able to raise over $2,000 for our school, and even more valuable than the fundraising was the amount of fun, camaraderie, and community that the event generated,” he said. Attendees were treated to food donated by Brett’s BBQ and the Sage Garden project at Ocean Knoll Elementary as well as craft beverages, music, raffle prizes, and, of course, fun games of bocce. Proceeds from the event will assist in the funding of Ocean Knoll enrichment classes including music, science, nutrition, garden, Spanish, and reading counts. The dads hope to form a community of Ocean Knoll dads, build a stronger network, and continue to create new events and clubs for Ocean Knoll kids in the future. Stay informed about the group’s activities by following them on Facebook at or on Twitter @realfokkers.