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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) - Students in Muskegon Heights head back to school Monday.
To kickoff the school year with a spirit of safety, support and encouragement, fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models will walk children to school as part of the Black Star Project's Million Father March.
The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has joined the Million Father March initiative to urge fathers and other male family members to take a greater role in the educational lives of their children, according to a news release.
The district will host celebrations at each school, with a formal presentation scheduled for 8 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Arthur Scott, president of the Muskegon Heights school board, is expected to speak, among others.
"Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college," said Alena Zachery-Ross, superintendent of Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System. "Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives."
Men in the Muskegon Heights community will also be encouraged to pledge to volunteer at MHPSAS schools throughout the school year.
The Million Father March was created by The Black Star Project, U.S.A., and is sponsored by the Schott Foundation for Public Information, in partnership with the National PTA and the National Fatherhood Initiative. An estimated 1.1 million men from 600 cities are expected to participate this year.
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