The Million Father March 2013 is Dedicated to the Safety of All Children and to the Young Victims of Newtown, Connecticutby GDN Shared Post August 15, 2013
Here is an unusual reason for hosting the Million Father March 2013 at your school or in your community. When fathers and men are at schools, children feel safer. When fathers and men are at schools, teachers feel safer. When fathers and men are at schools, students are better behaved. When fathers and men are at schools, those who might want to do harm to children or disrupt education usually stay away. Almost no incidents of violence ever occur or are reported on the first day at schools that participate in the Million Father March.
Keeping children safe in 2013, in and out of school, is not an easy matter. Violence has become ingrained in some communities and violence can erupt anywhere in the United States, including school. Unfortunately, staff at too many schools must expend valuable time thinking about and preparing for safety—time taken away from teaching and learning. Although police can discourage and manage violence, The Black Star Project understands that aware parents and community members constitute the best, first-line defense to protect children in and around schools—especially fathers whose presence at schools support positive learning environments.The Black Star Project is sponsoring the Million Father March 2013 on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities across America. Its aim is to inspire fathers and families to be more effectively engaged with their children’s education. One million fathers are expected to participate this year. Since the inception of the Million Father March one decade ago, first-day attendance in Chicago rose from nearly 85 percent in 2004 to about 95 percent in 2011.