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Dads Take Your Child to School Day

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Fathers spend time with their children in a first-grade classroom at Watervliet Elementary School's first Dads Take Your Child to School Day in September.

Watervliet Elementary School invites fathers to join their children in the classroom

Dozens of fathers showed support for their children’s education by taking part in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” at Watervliet Elementary School. View photo gallery

This was the first time that the school has participated in this state and national effort that encourages men to take a more active role in their children’s education. Dads Take Your Child to School Day is intended to illustrate the important role that fathers and male role models play in a child's academic life.

Research indicates that when fathers or other male family members (uncles, grandfathers) are involved in a child's education, children learn more, perform better in school and have less disciplinary problems.

In Watervliet, dads were invited to bring their children to school, enjoy breakfast together and spend time in the classroom.

“We were really pleased with the turnout,” said Watervliet Elementary School Principal Terri O’Brien. “We received a lot of positive feedback on the Dads Take Your Child to School event from both parents and teachers.

Staff Sergeant Josh Hauser of the Albany New York Marine Corps Recruit Station paid a special visit to the school for Dads Take Your Child to School Day to spend time with student Jake Curtis whose father is currently serving overseas in the Marine Corps.