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
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