The event kicked-off with a welcome from Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Coordinator, Dee Dee Harrison and BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin. The keynote speaker for the evening was FACE representative, Joe Smith, who encouraged dads to stay involved with their children’s lives and education. He also emphasized the importance of their role as husband and father and to invest time and energy each day to their child’s development.
Robert Lopez, Franklin Parent, said, “Studies have shown that parents that are involved with children, those children have a greater chance of going to college and succeeding later on in life. This event is extremely important because it can help shape or define what they look forward to in life.”
James Taplin, Wayside parent, said, “I think it is important to set an example for kids, especially for a father. Get up, go to work and provide for the family, and hopefully they will follow those examples.”
To finish off the evening, fathers and their families were welcomed to the back parking lot for hamburgers and televised football, which was projected onto one of BCSD utility trucks. More than 500 fathers, students and family members were in attendance.
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