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Fathers urged to take kids to school

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Evanston’s two school districts have joined with local activists to encourage fathers to take their children to school on the opening day of classes next Monday.


Evanston’s two school districts have joined with local activists to encourage fathers to take their children to school on the opening day of classes next Monday.

million-father-march-090827.jpgOrganizer Jonathan Peppers of the Evanston Youth Initiative says the research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their education earn better grades and better test scores, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college.

The local campaign is part of a national effort called the Million Father March.

Evanston Township High School is hosting a reception for parents at 8 a.m. in the Michael Cafeteria. On the first day at ETHS only ninth graders will attend morning classes, while older students start at noon.

District 65 schools will provide welcoming stations for parents and youth initiative volunteers will be on hand to greet parents.

In addition to fathers — grandfathers and other male relatives, caregivers and family friends are invited to participate in the event. And while the focus is on involving fathers, all parents and guardians are invited to participate, Peppers says.

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