Niagara Gazette — A citywide school event on Thursday is rather like Father's Day except that fathers and other male role models will be the ones delivering the gifts. And in this case, the gift is their presence.
Starting early Thursday morning, city schools are holding the second annual Dads take Your Child to School Day, with an open invitation to all men who care about one or more children in local schools.
“We want this to be step one in making fathers and men feel valued and welcomed in our schools,” said Judie Gregory-Glaser, chairman of the event.
Participants will include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and family friends. They will be welcomed to the new school year by area leaders, police officers and Board of Education members.
Every adult who participates will receive a bumper sticker that says, “I took my child to school,” and will receive information about the school, the district and on volunteering, Gregory-Glaser said.
“There has been tremendous support for this event to reinforce the importance of men in the lives of children,” she added, citing donations which will be used as door prizes, from Maid of the Mist, Four Seasons Cinema, the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bisons, the Aquarium of Niagara and Niagara University, each of which contributed items to be used as door prizes at elementary schools.
The events start at most of the schools at 9 a.m. except for Maple Elementary where Superintendent of Police John Chella will be one of the greeters at a small breakfast for fathers and men between 8:25 and 8:45 a.m., along with Pastor Charles Searcy of Trinity Baptist Church.
The chief said that his department gladly participates in several area programs that supporting male role models in children's lives.