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Dads turn out for education

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 19, 2017) – More than 1,600 men showed up at various City School District of Albany schools on Tuesday with a shared goal: to support their children’s education.

 

And with that common purpose, fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, brothers and other male mentors took part in 2017’s 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 (OCFS) and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

 

District schools recognized dads in a variety of ways: breakfast for dads and their kids, speakers, photo ops, school tours and more. At Pine Hills Elementary School, Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams was on hand to greet dads and kids.

 

Joining Superintendent Adams at Pine Hills Elementary were OCFS Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole and OCFS Director of Child Welfare and Community Services Greg Owens, who distributed “dad survival kits” to those who attended.

 

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.

 

Check out a Facebook photo album of Dads Take Your Child to School Day activities throughout the school district. (You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now.”)

    

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves nearly 9,700 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.

         
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