Bethune-Cookman College Students Step-up to Lead Million Father March
in Central Florida
Volusia County, Florida, the 2nd annual Million Father March at Turie
T. Smith Elementary School took place.
University students, city leaders and parents lined the driveway and welcomed
students on their first day of school.
"I'm really happy to be
here today," said Zykerria Franklin.
The Million Father March is a
national event that promotes a father's active involvement in the education of
"It's a wonderful thing
that the school has done. Just to bring the kids in and they're very excited
about the Bethune Cookman students coming over to greet them," said Amanda
About a dozen fraternity
members waited at the end of the march to shake hands and pass out goodies to
kids. They also wished them a great school year.
"A lot of these young
kids may not have fathers in the home. Just to see students that are currently
in college, just to see professionals that perhaps they don't see all the time
here to support them, and to let them know that we're here for them for the
whole entire year. I think that really helps them," said Ryan Griffin, an
academic advisor and member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
University partnered with the elementary school last year to initiate the event.
Griffin said their involvement doesn't stop here.
"Our students will still
come back to the school and mentor, tutor and do various things with them even
outside of just today," said Griffin.
Zykerria believes the Million
Father March is a good thing. It's not only a great way to start the first day
of school, it helps motivate her to get a great education.
"I'm thinking about graduation
day, I'm thinking about my college scholarship. I'm thinking about a lot of
things," said Zykerria Franklin.
Turie T. Smith Elementary is the
only school in Volusia County that participates in the Million Father
Charlotte, North Carolina Joins
the 2014 Million Father March
L.I.F.T. is joining schools around the nation in asking fathers and
community men to escort a child to school. This national effort, which is
organized by The Black Star Project, is dubbed the Million Father March. The
goal is to increase male involvement in education, which has been shown to have
a positive impact on educational and social outcomes for students.
community men are asked to walk a child to school on August
Omaha, Nebraska Joins
2014 Million Father
Elementary sees great turnout for Million Father March
Plantersville, South Carolina Joins the 2014 Million Father March
Plantersville to participate in
Friday, August 15, 2014
The Million Father March is an
opportunity for fathers to join their children for breakfast when they bring
them to school at Plantersville Elementary on Aug. 20, at 7:20.
The Million Father March has
grown out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of
all students. A father who actively participates in the educational and social
developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.
A 2004 summary study by The
Parent Institute showed that at schools where teachers reported high levels of
outreach to parents, reading test scores rose 50 percent higher, and math test
scores 40 percent higher, than in schools where teachers reported low levels of
The Million Father March is an
opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of
their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year.
The Black Star Project's Million
Father March aims to post men near the front doors at schools with sizable Black
student populations to create an honor guard of strong, positive men who support
all children at that school.
The Million Father March marks
the beginning of a year-long educational, social, financial, emotional and
spiritual commitment by men to children.
the 2014 Million Father
Sacramento Black ParallelSchool Board Meeting
Black Parallel School Board and the Black Star Project are
fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers,
grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, cousins, babies' daddies and other
significant male caregivers to take their children to school on the first day.
When men are involved in the educational lives of their children, children
perform better in school.
Employers are asked to
allow fathers and other male caregivers to take off from work for two to thr ee
hours (preferably with pay) to accompany their children to school on this first
fall day to help get the school year started right. Fathers and other men should
be welcomed guests at their children's school.
Some schools will have
information, activities and refreshments. Men across America who support the
Million Father March should arrive at school with their children 15 to 30
minutes before the starting bell. Fathers and other men should only go into
schools if invited in by school staff. Otherwise, men should leave after their
children enter the school
For more information
contact the Black Parallel School Board at (916) 484-3729 or the Black Star
Project at www.BlackStarProject.org.
Evansville, Indiana Joins the 2014 Million Father March
EVANSVILLE - The first day of school
can be stressful for students, but the Million Father March aims ease any
apprehension they may feel by having fathers or other significant male figures
in their lives provide an "escort of safety, support and encouragement" as they
re-enter the classroom.
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Miami, Florida Joins the
Million Father March
Urban League of Greater Miami Leads South Florida Efforts for
Nationwide Back-to-School Million Father March
MIAMI, FL, August 13, 2014 - The Urban
League of Greater Miami is joining forces with organizations from more than 700
cities for a nationwide back-to-school Million Father March. The movement calls
on fathers to make the commitment to their children's education by escorting
their kids on the first day of school on August 18, 2014. This show of
solidarity reinforces the Urban League's Achievement Matters program and seeks
to empower parents to play a more active role in their child's
T. Willard Fair, Chairman,
Miami Urban League
Spearheaded by The Black
Star Project in Chicago, the Million Father March will
play out at thousands of schools across America with more than 1 million men
expected to participate. The movement is founded on research that indicates that
children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn
better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more, and are more likely to
graduate from high school and attend college. Participants in the event include
fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big
brothers, significant male caregivers, and friends of the family. Although this
event is created by Black men, women and men of all ethnicities are also
encouraged to take their children to school on their first day.
"We're asking fathers
throughout South Florida to join the movement and send a loud message that their
children matter to them," says T. Willard Fair, President & CEO of the Urban
League of Greater Miami. "We believe that the role of a father is critically
important to a child's future and the path they take in life and that better
fathers become better husbands and create stronger
School administrators are
encouraged to create an inviting environment that welcomes the fathers on the
first day of school with refreshments, activities, and information about
upcoming programs. Businesses are asked to give fathers and men who participate
two hours off that morning (with pay) to take their children to school.
Participating men will also be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the
Greater Urban League of Miami Empowering
The Million Father March is
managed by The Black Star Project. This year marks eleven years since the first
Million Father March in 2004. For more
information about the South Florida efforts, contact the Urban League of Greater
Miami at (305)
Chicago, Illinois Joins the
2014 Million Father March
Along with these cities:
Gadsen, Theodore, Panola, Birmingham and
Birmingham, Alabama; Anchorage, Alaska; Cave Creek, Glendale, Peoria,
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona; Texarkana, Little Rock, North Little
Rock, Jacksonville, Conway and Crossett, Arkansas; Marin City, Antioch,
Pittsburg, Benton, Carson City, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, Perris,
Sacramento, San Diego, Sanfernando, San Francisco, Carson, Gardena, Hayward,
Inglewood, San Jose, Riverside and Oroville, California; Colorado Springs,
Golden and Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Wilmington and New Castle,
Delaware; Atlantic Beach, Daytona Beach, Hillsborough County, Homestead,
Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Liberty City, Miami, Orlando, Pasco,
Pinellas, Poinciana, Polk County, Tampa Bay, West Palm Beach, Williston, Winter
Haven, Maitland, Palatka, Cresent City, Interlachen, San Mateo, Daytona Beach,
Fort Pierce, Riviera Beach, Hialeah, Pensacola and Quincy, Florida; Abbeville,
Atlanta, Augusta, Lawrenceville, Pitts, Rochelle, Snellville, Sparta, Powder
Springs, Savannah and Jackson, Georgia; Beach Park, Blue Island, Calumet City, Chicago - South
Side, Chicago - North Side, Chicago - West Side, Country Club Hills, Danville,
Hazel Crest, Lansing, Lynwood, Markham, Oak Forest, Riverdale, Schaumburg,
Springfield, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Peoria, Merrionette Park, Alton, East St.
Louis, Cahokia, Centreville, Alorton, Belleville and Fairview Heights,
Illinois; East Chicago, Evansville,
Indianapolis, Gary, Greenwood and Shelbyville, Indiana; Des Moines, Federal Way,
Seattle and Davenport, Iowa; Lexington, Kentucky; Shreveport, New Orleans,
Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana; Prince Georges County, Maryland; Hyde
Park, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts; Benton Harbor, Dearborn, Detroit,
Detroit - South East, Ecorse, River Rouge, Covert, Lacey, Mount Clemens, Clinton
Township, Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Battle Creek, Inkster, Pontiac and Auburn
Hills, Michigan; Duluth, St. Cloud and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jackson,
Mississippi; Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Las
Vegas, Nevada; Camden, Newark, Elizabeth, Bridgeton and Plainfield, New Jersey;
Albuquerque and Jal, New Mexico; Bronx, Brooklyn, Geneva, Highland, Jamaica,
Lloyd, New York City, Ossining, Queens, Springfield Gardens, St.
Albans, Brooklyn, Central Islip, Rochester, Roosevelt, Binghamton and Rockaway
Park, New York; Charlotte, Clinton, Garland, Harrells, Raleigh, Roseboro,
Faison, Winston-Salem and Wadesboro, North Carolina; Lima, Akron, St. Mary's,
Ada, Spencerville, Van Wert and
Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City and Midwest City, Oklahoma; Darby, Philadelphia
and Yeadon, Pennsylvania; Lancaster, Georgetown, St. Stephen, Charleston,
Summerville, James Island, Johns Island and Greenville, South Carolina; Memphis,
Tennessee; Paris, Alamo, Beaumont, Crockett, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Fort
Worth, Grove, Jefferson, Lancaster, Longview, Marshall, Pharr, San Antonio, San
Juan, Plano, Grand Prairie, Houston, Austin and Katy, Texas; Haymarket,
Monterey, Newport News, Portsmouth, Gainesville and Bristow;Lakewood, Otis
Orchards and Puyallup, Washington; Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kemmerer
and Diamondville, Wyoming. (Listing alphabetical by states).
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