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News Brief: Local dads, father-figures encouraged to take children to school next Wednesday as part of statewide initiative

The Florida Department of Education’s annual “Dads, Take Your Child to School Day” initiative is next Wednesday, September 26. Fathers of elementary-aged children across the state of Florida are encouraged to take their children to school that day as part of the initiative, which aims to encourage fathers and other male role models to get involved in their children’s education. The program also seeks to spotlight the “indispensable” role dads play in education.

Bonita Hampton, director of Family and Community Engagement for the Florida Department of Education, said while state education leaders appreciate the role of mothers, the goal of “Dads, Take Your Child to School Day” is to focus on the considerable impact fathers and father figures – stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other significant male role models – have when they take an active role in a child’s education.

More than 30 years of research suggests that when fathers are actively involved in their child’s education, students perform better academically, have fewer discipline programs and become more responsible adults, according to the Florida Department of Education. Members of local men’s organizations will be on-site at Gadsden County schools next Wednesday to accompany children whose fathers have passed away or are otherwise absent.

For more information, contact your child’s school or visit

Herald Staff