Fathers poised to walk their children to school
On Tuesday, National Take Your Children to School Day, they will do it again, joining an estimated 800,000 men in more than 500 cities.
“The march is a one-day event, but this is a million father movement,” said Phillip Jackson, executive director of the nonprofit Black Star Project and creator of the effort. “Fathers who become involved with their children’s educational lives help them do well academically and to mitigate negative factors such as violence and drug abuse.”
John Hammond, an Atlanta father of two and CEO of 100 Black Men of America, already made the march to Mary Lin Elementary, which his two sons attend.
Hammond said, however, that his organization has had a fatherhood initiative for some time and supports the effort.
“A lot of what we do in the communities we serve is about helping young people live productive lives,” Hammond said. “We see this as a natural expansion.”
Although geared toward African-American men, Jackson said that all men are encouraged to take their children to school and come back to volunteer throughout the year.
“When a father gets involved, everything changes,” Jackson said. “It’s almost like magic.”