The faculty and staff at Dejean Middle School are encouraging men in the community to bring their children to school on Monday, which is the first day of classes at most West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) campuses.
The effort is part of the nationwide Million Fathers March 2015, which seeks to have one million men in 700 cities accompany their children back to class on the first day of school, WCCUSD said.
You don’t have to be a biological father. You could be grandpa, foster father, stepfather, uncle, cousin, big brother, significant male caregiver, or even friend of the family. Quite simply mentors are sought.
Also, men are being asked to volunteer at school throughout the year.
The district cited research showing that children who have father figures participating in their education are more likely to perform well academically, enjoy school, graduate, attend college. Attentive dads lead to fewer behavior problems, it added.