Evansville fathers, other parent-figures, encouraged to participate in the 2014 Million Father March - story: EVANSVILLE - The first day of school can be stressful for students, but the Million Father March aims ease any apprehension they may feel by having fathers or other significant male figures in their lives provide an “escort of safety, support and encouragement” as they re-enter the classroom.
As a way for men to show commitment to their children, families and communities, the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African American Males and the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission is inviting local fathers or male guardians to participate in the 2014 March, scheduled for Aug. 11, the first day of school for many local districts.
“Although symbolic, it is a very significant day in the lives of students,” said David Wagner, chairman of the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African American Males. “Hopefully it’s an opportunity to prepare students for success. And it’s really to show, or extend a hand of partnership, between the schools, the community, the families and the students. It’s kind of extending that village approach.”