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Fathers Walk encourages fathers, male mentors to engage in children’s education


On Sept. 22, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is sponsoring the 17th Annual Fathers Walk. The Fathers Walk celebrates the link between parental engagement in school and student success. The Fathers Walk started in 2006 in Cuyahoga County and has since expanded. This year, to encourage more fathers and male mentors to participate, educators can share this electronic flyer with students and families.

During the Fathers Walk, fathers and male mentors walk or drive the children they care for to school. If taking students to school is not possible, fathers and mentors can consider picking students up, meeting their students’ teachers or finding another way to show interest in their children’s education.

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood encourages those who join the event to take the Fathers Walk Pledge:

  • I am responsible for the education of my child.
  • I will encourage all children to do their best every day at school.
  • I will speak to my child about the value of learning and the importance of reaching your potential.
  • I will help with schoolwork and review assignments for completion.
  • I will praise my child when he/she does well in school.
  • I will speak with my child’s teachers and support them in educating my child.
  • I will teach my child the value of education and the value of family.
  • I will work with my child’s mother or guardian to achieve the best academic and social outcomes for my child even if I do not live with my child.

For more information on how individuals and schools can take part in the Fathers Walk, visit fatherhood.ohio.gov.