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Polk Co. encourages father-figures to take children on first day of school
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Polk Co. encourages father-figures to take children on first day of school

BARTOW, FL--  Statistics consistently support the idea that the involvement of a father-figure in a child’s education can have a positive impact now and in the years to come. According to a National Center for Education Statistics report, children perform better academically and exhibit healthier behavior when fathers are involved.

Starting today, Polk County Public Schools is launching a nautical-themed campaign called “Gentlemen: Set the Course for a Great Year” to encourage men who fill the father-figure role in a student’s life to become more involved in their child’s education. Men who are dads, grandfathers, mentors, uncles , big brothers, or who fill any male role in the child’s life are being asked to “set the course for a great school year” by bringing students to school on the first day of school on Monday, August 19. The goal is to have 1,500 men participate.

The hope is that “dads” will not only be there on the first day of classes, but continue to take steps to remain involved in their child’s education. Below are some quick tips men can use to remain involved in their child’s education, and stats on the impact their involvement can make:

Tips to stay involved:

  • Join a parent organization such as a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)/Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to show your child you care.
  • Be a chaperone during a school field trip.
  • Communicate regularly and openly with your child’s teachers to see what you can do to better enhance your child’s learning experience.
  • Become a parent volunteer of the activity your child has chosen as an extracurricular activity, whether it’s a sports team or a student club.
  • Help your child with their homework. Also make sure to check your child’s homework, to see what you child was assigned not just what he/she finished.
  • Encourage literacy by getting everyone in your family a library card and heralding the importance of making frequent visits.

Stats about Fathers:

  • Preschoolers with actively involved fathers have stronger verbal skills.
  • Children with actively involved fathers display less behavior problems in school.
  • Girls with strong relationships with their fathers do better in mathematics.
  • Research shows that even very young children who have experienced high father involvement show an increase in curiosity and in problem solving capacity. Fathers’ involvement seems to encourage children’s exploration of the world around them and confidence in their ability to solve problems.
  • Highly involved fathers also contribute to increased mental dexterity in children, increased empathy, less stereotyped sex roles beliefs and greater self-control.
  • High involvement at the early childhood level- frequency with which parents interact with their young children, such as how often they read, tell stories and sign and play with their children. These experiences contribute to children’s language and literacy development and transmit information and knowledge about people, places and things. 

Release courtesy of Polk Co. Schools

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