LANSING | In keeping with a nationwide movement, fathers of Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 are being urged to bring their children to school on the first day of classes this month.
The Lansing-Lynwood school system’s outreach coincides with The Black Star Project’s annual Million Father March.
Gwendolyn M. Jolivette, District 171’s new director of school improvement, said the district supports its families and The Black Star Project initiative.
Started in 1996, The Black Star Project organization sponsored its first Million Father March in 2004. The back-to-school event encourages men to take their child/children to school on the first day. One million fathers across America are expected to participate in this year’s march, according to The Black Star Project’s website.
In District 171, fathers are asked to bring their children to school on Aug. 21, the opening day of classes at Nathan Hale Elementary and Heritage Middle schools. They also are invited to a continental breakfast with new Superintendent Hughes B. George immediately after students are dropped off at school, according to Jolivette.
The breakfast will take place in the Commons area of Heritage Middle School, at 19250 Burnham Ave.
Jolivette said the district recognizes the power of male involvement in educating students and knows that children whose fathers play an active role in their education become better learners.