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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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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
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