Sunday, September 06, 2009

A Group Of Fathers To Walk Their Children To School In Atlanta

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.”

1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

I work in the field of early childhood education and development. One of my favorite sights is one of my little boys being brought into our classroom by his dad. His father never leaves out until they exchange a hug and a kiss. His dad always tells him that he loves him and encourages him to have a good day.

The look on the son's face is priceless. He literary glows when he joins the rest of the class.

I have some really strong dads behind my little folks. I also have some dads who have not matured up to their reality or responsibility. That's just life and I never give up hope that they will eventually man up like their children's needs demand.

I also know from observation, that when the dads in my classroom spend time with the children it changes the vibe in our setting. A lot of the children that I work with do not have fathers in their homes. The soak up that time with thier friend's dad like it is sacred water.