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September 16, 2013

Tuesday's all about the dads in the Falls School District

Niagara Gazette — Mothers, it’s time once again to take a back seat to the fathers and father figures in the city.

For the third year in a row, the Niagara Falls City School District is dedicating a special day to encouraging the leading men in the lives of its students to take a more active role in morning of their children. It’s called Dads Take Your Child To School Day, and it’s become one of the more popular one-day programs the district offers.

It’s all about bucking a stereotype in American culture, one where the men leave child care responsibility to the women.

“In no way are we diminishing the importance of moms and women in children’s lives,” event organizer Judie Glaser said. “We are taking this day to highlight the importance of men in what traditionally has been an area where we see more females than males at the school.”

Each school offers its fathers something different come Tuesday, the day the men are encouraged to take a more active role in the school morning of their children. For example, Cataract Elementary on 66th Street will host a forum for fathers and those who serve in the role after they escort their youngsters to their classrooms. City Councilman Sam Fruscione will address the group while school organizers try to get attendees to increase the male participation as classroom volunteers.

Meanwhile, Maple Avenue Elementary fathers will be asked to leave a mark on the school by participating in poster art with other attendees, tracing their hands to show they take active roles in the lives of their children.

But what if the father the school’s trying to reach is already an active part of the lives of his children? For Daniel Penque, circumstances in his family life forced his hand, not that he’d have it any other way.

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