September is a great month for many reasons: the fall season begins, the Cleveland Browns are back in action and at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland, the annual Fathers Walk is held.

Every year, each of our Head Start centers participates in the Fathers Walk, an initiative put on by Cuyahoga County to get fathers and father-figures more involved in their children’s classrooms.

The event signifies more than just one day of fathers, stepfathers, uncles, brother, and grandfathers walking their students to school; it’s about making a positive impact on the youth and them having a strong male presence in their lives. The 14th annual event registered over 200 Cuyahoga County schools to participate.

As the fathers and father-figures walked their children to school, they were asked to make this 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 school work 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

The fathers walk is only one day, but CEOGC encourages year-round participation from fathers and father figures with its designated fatherhood program. If you’re interested in finding out more information on these programs, contact Steven Rhodes, the male involvement coordinator at SRhodes@ceogc.org or call (216) 696-9077 ext 604

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