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Cepeda: The family that educates together, elevates
By Esther J.
August 19, 2015
Esther J. Cepeda
CHICAGO -- Dear dads: It's your time to
Everyone knows that kids do better academically when "parents" participate
in school activities such as helping with homework and teacher conferences. But
all too often, moms are designated the school-stuff managers, leaving out a
precious piece of the puzzle for ensuring that kids understand how important
their education is to the whole family.
Maybe not for long.
The Black Star Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that strives
to improve the quality of life in black and Latino communities by closing racial
academic achievement gaps, has been getting dads involved in back-to-school
preparations for more than a decade.
"The Million Father March is a way to get men into their children's schools
because right now men are the missing link in education," said Phillip Jackson,
founder and executive director of the Black Star Project. "When fathers,
grandfathers, uncles, foster fathers, stepfathers, big brothers, significant
male caregivers and male friends of the family come together to support a
child's education, they bring so much to schools and to families. It's amazing
that we haven't figured out how to get more men involved in the education of
Today, the Million Father March takes place
in schools and communities across the country, and beyond. This fall, the Black
Star Project estimates that well over 1 million fathers and other family members
will participate in more than 600 cities.
"The Million Father March is no longer a one-day activity," Jackson told me
in an interview. "It did start out that way, but now it's a full-year activity
that asks men and fathers to volunteer 10 hours a year to their child's school.
To some people, that's nothing, but it's such a great beginning. Once they see
they can be tutors, mentors, celebrity readers, 'real-men readers,' lunch-room
monitors, field-trip chaperones, they can be put to painting and improving the
school, they see there are so many things that fathers can do."
Jackson believes in the power of the whole
family to boost educational achievement for black and Hispanic youth and says
the emphasis on dads is just another way to improve participation.
"Education is absolutely a family affair. It is not, as we used to believe,
the mother's job," said Jackson. "It's so much more than that
now-the family that educates together, elevates
together. You cannot simply send your child to school anymore, it
never really worked, and it doesn't work in 2015."
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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Community leaders are using back to school events
Monday to connect kids with male mentors.
Village Academy in Delray Beach asked fathers, uncles, cousins and
grandfather to greet students as they walk onto campus. Principal LaToya Dixon
says she wants to show children that the community is invested in their
education. She has recruited more than 100 men.
A Florida Department of Education study found that when fathers are
actively involved in their child's education, the student earn better grades,
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Monday's initiative is part of The Black Star Project, U.S.A. - Million
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447 Cities Are Participating in The
2015 Million Father March.
If Your City Is Not Participating, Why
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2015 Million Father March or participate on our
special National Million Father March Day on Tuesday,
September 15, 2015.
On your first day of school, or on Tuesday, September 15,
2015, or on any day you choose: 1) Invites fathers and men to bring
children to school; 2) Serve fathers and men breakfast and introduce them to
your school; 3) Invite fathers and men to volunteer 10 hours a year at your
school; 4) Invite fathers and men to "Real Men Read" at your school; 5) Invite
fathers and men to "Real Men Mentor" at your school; 6) Invite fathers and
relatives to have lunch with their children at your school; 7) Invite fathers,
men and faith institutions to pray around your school (outside); 8) Invite
fathers and men to attend a performance of students at your school; and 9)
Invite fathers and men to organize a march through the community near your
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of the Day
From The Black
Star Learning Center
"Success seems to be
connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but
they don't quit."
- Conrad Hilton
(quote shared by Black
Star Member Stan Jendresak)
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