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Fathers flock to schools to support education

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2013) -- More than 700 local dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and mentors took part Tuesday in the City School District of Albany's celebration of "Dads Take Your Child to School Day."

 

The event is part of a national effort to encourage men to be more active in their children's education. Schools throughout New York state took part in the event, which is sponsored by the Fatherhood Initiative of the New York state Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. (In the photo at right, a North Albany Academy dad draws with his daughter at the school's celebration, which drew some 75 fathers and father figures).

 

Kids who have a father or father figure involved in their schooling are more likely to get good grades, feel better about themselves and make good choices, research shows.

 

In Albany, 13 elementary and middle schools participated in the event by hosting assemblies, speakers, breakfasts, raffles and more. Click here to see a collection of photos from some of the participating schools.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves about 8,600 students in 16 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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