Armada, Butterfield, Chaparral Hills, Hendrick Ranch, Ramona and Serrano Elementary Schools and Badger Springs Middle School encouraged fathers to walk their children to school as part of the Million Father March earlier today. The Million Father March (MFM) is an opportunity for dads, grandfathers, and organizations to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children. All mothers, fathers, grandparents, guardians and family members were encouraged to attend.
The groups from each school marched to the district office for a short program to recognize their commitment to their child’s education. All 75 people in attendance were asked to commit to meeting with their child’s teacher at least 3 times this year in addition to monitoring academic progress and behavior. They were also asked to volunteer 10 hours their child’s school this year.
Board President Susan Smith, Vice President Jesus Holguin and Clerk Cleveland Johnson all addressed the group to thank them for their promise of support to their children. Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora welcomed the group and encouraged all families to partner with the district in their child’s education.
Guest speakers Barry Johnson, a local mentor, and Baltazar Guerrero, Head Custodian and Chaparral Hills Elementary School, also talked about the importance of fathers and father figures with the group.
The event - in its 4th year - was organized by Chaparral Hills Elementary School Principal Deidra Johnson.
"I was so happy to see such a large group of families, specifically fathers, come together to be a supporter of their child," said Board Clerk Cleveland Johnson, "We want to be partners in education with parents and an event like this shows us how much support we have in this important work."