An organization is dubbing the first day of school National Fathers Take Children to School Day.
The “Million Father March” movement is being organized by The Black Star Project, which is based in Chicago, to encourage fathers to take an active role in their children’s education. The Black Star Project is requesting employers to give men a few hours off of work, with pay, so they may take their child to school and participate in any activities for parents a school may have planned.
Many Houston ISD schools, including Jack Yates High School, are encouraging fathers of students to take part in the movement.
The group is also encouraging stepfathers, foster father, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, cousins and any other significant male caregiver to take part.
According to The Black Star Project, about 1 million people participated in the movement in 630 cities in 2013. The organization hopes to see 1.1 million participants in 700 cities, including Houston, this year.
The organization is also hosting the 300 Minute Reading Challenge to encourage men to read to children for at least 30 minutes a week for 10 consecutive weeks.