City fathers were encouraged to take a greater role in their child's school life Tuesday as part of "Take your child to school day". NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
With an appropriate chant, kids and their dads left the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene and headed for school Tuesday, led by Jason Terry and Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets. The message: When education matters to dads, it matters to kids.
"These are the simple steps that dads can take to spend more time with their kids on the way to walking to school. We hope they will be asking the kids how was your day today, who are your new friends, tell me about your teacher, it's also a chance to get to know the principal," said Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav.
This is the seventh year for the statewide initiative, which started at just one Brooklyn public school and is now at more than 130 around the five boroughs. It started with breakfast for the fathers, father figures and children at the Ingersoll Center, winding up at Middle School 265 for an assembly and pep rally which included the schools chancellor and Nets players.
But the stars of the show were the dads, who said they had a great morning spending a little extra time with their kids. For some, work schedules don't allow them to do this regularly.
"This is the first time I took her to school this year, but we had a good time walking here. Talking to her about here friends, what she's doing, who are you meeting, how's your school work," said Jeff Works, a parent.
"I had to take a day off from work today but it was worth it, at the end of the day it was worth it," said James Jeambart, a parent.
Both Nets players who participated in this event are new to the team, so for them it was a great way to find out more about the community they will be representing.
"It's exciting for me. It's my first time really getting out here in Brooklyn. I was here for the draft but to meet some of the people and meet some of the families is really fun," Plumlee said.
As an added bonus, kids who participated received a goodie bag from the Nets players.