BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Head Start Program will hold "Father's Walk to School" Day on Monday, Nov. 10.
On that day, Head Start officials are encouraging fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, cousins and other male caregivers and mentors to walk or drive their children to school to show their support for early childhood education.
"Many fathers walk or drive their children to our Head Start centers on a daily basis, but on this day, we are encouraging them to join other fathers to demonstrate that they value their children's education," explained Paula Roddy, director of the Mayor's Department of Human Development and Services that administers the East Baton Rouge Head Start Program.
Roddy noted that research has shown that the involvement of father figures is important in helping to promote good classroom behavior, better grades and attaining higher levels of education.
The idea is simple: fathers will escort the children to school by walking them to the door of their local Head Start Center and meeting their child's center supervisor and teachers. The meeting will create an opportunity for the Head Start educators to talk to the fathers about how to become more involved in their child's education. For instance, they will be urged to encourage their child to do their best every day at school and to help with their school work.
Head Start is also partnering with the Baton Rouge Constable's office, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and City Police, who will have representatives at the centers on Nov. 10 to provide information to fathers about services that they provide to the community.
All East Baton Rouge Head Start and Early Head Start Centers will participate in the Father's Walk on Nov. 10. For more information, contact your local Head Start Center.