Mark your calendars: “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” is taking place on September 19, 2017, and County Executive Robert P. Astorino encourages all dads and school leaders to join in the movement.
“Dads Take Your Child to School Day is a great way to get the school year started off right – and to keep it going strong,” said Astorino, a father of three young children. “Please join us and show our children we care about their education and will be there for them all year long. We understand that not all families are the same, though, so by all means any father figure, mom or caregiver is encouraged to participate, too.”
Now in its third year, Westchester’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day is part of a statewide campaign that promotes fatherhood by encouraging fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to be involved in their child’s education. Research shows that students with involved fathers do better in school and stay in school longer.
Astorino’s #DadBe There fatherhood initiative is an ongoing effort to support the full spectrum of fathers – from those who are active in the home to those who are absent. Programs range from career counseling and job placement assistance to simply creating more opportunities for dads and families to spend time together. Visit westchestergov.com/dadbethere to learn more.
Everyone is encouraged to share their proud fathering moments using the hashtags #DadBeThere and #DadsTakeYourChildtoSchoolDay.