Evansville group asking fathers to take their kids to first day of school

For most youngsters in Vanderburgh County, Wednesday morning will be the first day of school.

One local group hopes many of those kids will be accompanied by their fathers or other male figures in their lives.

It's part of the national Men Take Their Children to School Day and this is the first time the Evansville Community is taking part.

"It was very exciting, and a very good aura within the school to see so many men there," says David Wagner, chairman of the Evansville Commission on Social Status of Black Males.

That's how Wagner, a grandfather himself, describes the vibe when fathers participated at Lincoln Elementary opening.

"You could just feel the pride that was in those families," he says.

Now Wagner is trying to get fathers across Vanderburgh County to do the same thing Wednesday Morning.

"The individuals will know each other. They'll have contact information to talk about positive things that are going on in school, and then if there are some negative things, then we can get those straightened out as well," says Wagner.

He says establishing that contact between fathers and teachers doesn't happen enough.

"Traditionally men probably have not been a big part of getting the kids back to school, and the females, the moms have taken the leadership role."

National data shows when parents are involved, their kids do 50 percent better on reading tests, and score 40 percent better on math tests .

"What we're trying to say, especially to the young people, is that we're all in this together. Education is important, and we want you to do the best you can," says Wagner.

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