October 5, 2018
On September 26, the Florida Department of Education promoted the fourth year of “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”. The goal is to encourage fathers and male role models to take an active role in their child's education.
The FLDOE Office of Family Engagement, citing over 30 years of research, “supports emphasis on engaging fathers as a means of increasing student achievement.”
The research shows that when fathers are actively involved in their child or children’s school life, students “perform better academically; have fewer discipline problems; and become more responsible adults.”
Said Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “All of our Wakulla County schools participated in the day. It was a great turnout everywhere. We are fortunate to live in a community where so many families and extended families put a priority on their children’s education and well-being.”
For example, Shadeville Elementary School had 317 dads and/or other male role models join their children for lunch on September 26.
SES Principal Nick Weaver noted, "As a dad of three young daughters, I know how important it is to be actively involved in my children’s education. It was amazing to see so many dads, uncles, granddads, brothers, and other male role models take the time to join our students for lunch. The outcome speaks volumes of the support our school district receives from our stakeholders."
For more information and practical ideas such as “All-Pro Dads: 5 Ways to Bond Through Reading” and “10 Facts About Father Engagement”, there are many resources on the FLDOE Office of Family Engagement website.