Men 'all in' for students on 'Dads Day'
N.Y. (Sept. 18, 2018) – City School District of Albany fathers and
father figures proved Sept. 18 that they are “All in for Albany!” About
1,500 men accompanied students to school district-wide that morning in
recognition of the annual “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.”
“Dads Day,” as the event has become known, is a
national and statewide initiative that began in Chicago in 2004. The
district celebrated its 10th year of participation this year.
Dads Day is intended to encourage parent
participation but also highlights the important part men play in their
children’s lives and academic success. All of the district’s 15
elementary and middle schools as well as the Tony Clement Center for
Education held events to honor the male role models in students’ lives.
At North Albany Academy (pictured at right),
dads headed straight to the classroom where they read aloud, helped
students complete math problems and participated in a STEAM activity
(science, technology, engineering, the arts and math).
Those in attendance at several schools enjoyed
an amazing breakfast alongside their child. At William S. Hackett Middle
School, the special guests also got a chance to shadow students in the
classroom to experience a typical day.
Other schools invited speakers to address their
guests. At Albany School of Humanities (ASH), Superintendent Kaweeda G.
Adams joined new Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins. Chief Hawkins (pictured
at right below) told a packed gymnasium that commitment from
fathers and father figures is crucial to building strong schools and
associations also helped school staff in making Dads Day a success.
Additionally, the New York State Office of Children
and Families and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability
Assistance both partnered with the district to champion Governor Andrew
Cuomo’s fatherhood initiatives, giving away backpacks with school
supplies to all students at North Albany.
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many of our schools on the district's Facebook page. A Facebook account
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The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,500 students in 18 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.