Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls City Schools and Catholic Academy are gearing up for the third annual “Dads Take Your Child To School Day,” set for Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Though the school year has yet to start, organizers are looking to expand on the popular outreach, which encourages fathers and other men of importance in the lives of children attending area schools to bring their child to their building and stop in for a little conversation with other men in attendance.
It’s meant to encourage men to be part of their child’s morning routine, according to Judie Glaser, one of its organizers.
“In no way are we diminishing the importance of moms and women in children’s lives,” she 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.”
The statewide program is seven years old and is a cousin to the nationwide Million Father March, now in its ninth year.
Community leaders are among the many men volunteering their morning, including Sen. George Maziarz, legislators Dennis Virtuoso and Owen Steed, Sheriff James Voutour, Mayor Paul Dyster and Councilman Charles Walker. Falls police officers and the Niagara Falls High School Football Wolverines will also take part. These participants will be at various schools greeting men.
Door prizes will also be awarded and include donations from the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, the Carrousel Museum, Maid of the Mist and Niagara University, among others. In addition, each attendee will receive a bumper sticker and a magnet.
Various community agencies are also participating, including Niagara County Headstart, Focus on Families, Family & Children’s of Niagara and the Niagara Falls Housing Authority.