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District 148 fathers, men will participate in Million Father March on first day of school

Dolton West School District 148 students will be accompanied and greeted by some important men when they head back to school on Wednesday, Aug. 22nd.

As part of the District’s participation in The Black Star Project’s Annual Million Father March, fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other significant male role models will walk and welcome students to school on the first attendance day of the 2018-19 school year.

At Franklin Elementary School, for instance, Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers and Dolton Park District commissioners will be among those expected to greet students upon their arrival to the school at 14701 Chicago Rd., Dolton.

The District has 10 schools including one early childhood center, six elementary schools and three junior high schools.

“The return of students on the first day of a new academic year is always an exciting time for all of us! There is no better way for our students to begin a promising new year than to have someone special by their side or to be greeted with a hug or a handshake upon their arrival to school. Simple, reassuring practices such as these also help to reinforce positive relationships between home and school,” said District 148 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin J. Nohelty.

The Annual Million Father March is intended to help raise awareness about the importance of fathers and men being involved in their child(ren)’s education. The March is the start of a year-long assurance by men to their child(ren)’s educational success. The Million Father March is an opportunity for Black men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year. Since the March began in 2004, fathers and other significant male caregivers across the country and around the world have been asked to take their children to their first day of school.

District 148 is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school system serving families in sections of Dolton, Riverdale, Harvey and South Holland.

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