Students are getting an extra boost from their dads this year, as schools are participating in the Million Father March, a national program which encourages fathers to get more involved in children’s school life and bring their kids on the first day.
“My dad wasn’t there when I was growing up, and I was led astray when I was young,” Mohenoa Filipe Lavulo said. Lavulo was bringing his son to the first day of seventh grade.
“When I got the message from the principal asking fathers to come to the first day of school, I felt it was important to be there. … Mothers can only go so far; it’s something unexplainable.”
At Lovonya DeJean Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, there were about 50 fathers attended the first day of school welcome ceremony. The school’s new principal, William McGee says that research shows that when a father is engaged in academics, the children often improve and perform better than students who do not have an involved father.