It all started in Chicago, in 2004, when dads went marching with their children to school on their first day. This has become an event where men show their commitment to the educational lives of their children. This day has become known as National Dads Take Your Child to School Day! Research supports the impact of the father’s role in a child’s academic development, and that’s the guiding force for this special day. Findings suggest that when fathers are actively involved in their child’s education, students:
- Perform better academically;
- Have fewer discipline problems; and
- Become more responsible adults.
National Dads Take Your Child to School Day was Wednesday, September 27th, and Downtown Miami Charter School (DMCS) welcomed dads into the building to share doughnuts and conversation with their children. What a great way to start their Wednesday on the right foot!
Ms. Baptiste, the Community Involvement Specialist at DMCS, told staff that this event was “the first one ever, and it was a full house!” She went on to say “it was very successful because we had a great turnout; the fathers enjoyed walking their scholars back to class.”
We here at DMCS are excited to have been part of such a great initiative to get fathers back into the educational lives of their children. We’re looking forward to an even bigger event next year!