'Dads Take Your Kids to School Day' is a huge success at a local school
GAINESVILLE, Fla.--North Central Florida Public Schools welcomed kids and their dads for a state-wide ‘Dads Take Your Child to School Day.’“
She was on me all week," says Ziryell Mincey, the father of a 4th-grader at Lake Forest Elementary. "So I scheduled it with the company to come.”
More than 150 dads and father figures came out today to eat breakfast with their kids and meet the teachers at the second annual event.
And Lacy Redd - the principal of Lake Forest Elementary School - says she’s happy to see her students smiling faces. "I think it means the world to have dad here," says Redd. "We see a lot of moms but to bring dad to school to eat breakfast, to meet their teacher, they were all very excited.”
The program is designed to encourage fathers to become more engaged in their students education. School officials say last year, there were more than 30,000 dads who participated.
“It’s that unit that encourages education and inputs the work habits and hopefully the love for education and learning," says Paul White, the assistant superintendent of Alachua County School District.
Parents like Juan Manning - who has a son and daughter who attend the school - says he doesn’t always have the time to take off of work.
"This has been a nice turnout for a lot of fathers supportive of their kids," says Juan Manning, a father to two students at the school. "And I wish I could go everyday, you know, but unfortunately not.” But he says he’ll be back just to see the smiles on his kids faces. "I was here last year, and this year and hopefully every year until they get to a higher level.”
School officials say they hope to expand the initiative creating more opportunities for dads to spend quality time with their kids.
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