(Chicago, Illinois) – Most educational experts know that one of the best ways to improve the academic performance of students is to get fathers and families to participate effectively in the educational and social-developmental lives of their children. The Black Star Project is sponsoring the Million Father March 2014 on the first day of school in nearly 700 cities across America to get fathers and families more engaged with the education of their children.
“Fathers are the missing force in education that can make America great again! If we cannot effectively educate our children, we cannot properly protect our country or our quality of life in America,” says Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of The Black Star Project, U.S.A.
The Million Father March is a special day when fathers and other men make a commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country with their dynamic presence at a school. Fathers are asked to make a year-long commitment to their children’s education and at their children’s school this coming school year.
Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives do better in school (earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college). Additionally, children whose fathers listen to and talk with them regularly, and are active in their lives, have fewer behavior problems.
Good fathers are part of a good parent team, which is critical to creating strong family structures. Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed, and self-assured. Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities. “Better parents produce better families, better communities, better schools, and better students with higher academic achievements,” says Jackson.
Participants in the Million Father March include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers, mentors and family friends. Businesses are asked to give fathers and other men two hours off that morning, with pay, to take their children to school. Participating men will be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year.
A special effort will be made to coordinate Latino Fathers in La Marcha De Un Millón De Padres. Women and other family members and friends are also encouraged to be at schools on this day in support of fathers.
Since schools across America and the world start the new school year on different days and months, the March is a rolling event that occurs on the first day of the 2014 (between August 1, 2014, and September 15, 2014) in cities, villages, and towns nationwide. Another opportunity, for fathers who miss the first-day event, is the International Fathers Take Your Children to School Day on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
The 2014 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A. Please visit www.blackstarproject.org to bring the Million Father March to your city.