Niagara Gazette — Penque recommends the program to any father who doesn’t have the responsibility he does, where they don’t normally participate at that level. Another glowing endorsement comes from a father who’s heavily involved at Gaskill Preparatory School.
Elvis Nunez believes the idea of fathers being involved in education can be fundamental in the lives of children. Not just short-term, though. Nunez sees the results all around him. When the guy plays a key role, the development of the child tends to be better all the way around.
“A father’s involvement in his kid’s life shows to make a difference in their education, a difference in their character,” he said. “As men, we’re willing to do anything to make sure they do well in life. I tell my son, ‘Don’t be like me, be better.’ My kids are like my Mini-Mes.”
Nunez is already heavily involved, though. He’s the president of Gaskill Preparatory School’s parent-educator group and has taken an active role at Niagara Charter School as well. It’s all about being a part of the lives of his children.
Of course, being involved is easy when you’re not working. He’s at home with his youngest son, which means he’s at home for all five of his children. From his oldest, a ninth-grader, to his youngest school-aged child, a daughter at Headstart, he’s an influencing person in their lives.
He said fathers, whether as involved as he is or barely there at all, need to remember they have a responsibility to the children, too.
“We need fathers to help at home as well as at school,” he said. ‘The district is asking its fathers to participate. That’s the message I’m receiving, and I appreciate that. We need to be sometimes forced, pushed to realize we need to be involved, too.”Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.