Falls Men March To School | News
More than 400 men participated in the Million Father March, taking a little time out of the day to meet principals, visit with one another and get comfortable in the environment. Men received information, were able to fill out volunteer forms, or just have a cup of coffee.
"Today's Million Father March was a huge success at Cataract Elementary, as I'm sure it was at all District schools," said Principal Maria Chille Zafuto. "It was heartwarming not only to see so many dads and father-figures taking an active role, but also to hear their comments about being appreciated and welcomed."
Ebone Bradberry, School-wide District Counselor, agreed.
"We had more than 80 male figures attend our Million Father March at Maple Avenue School. We had a small breakfast at 8:30am for male figures and children," she said. "During the breakfast (Principal) Mrs. Smeal spoke about the importance of men in students' education and we also had about five students read essays they wrote about the important male figure in their life. It was awesome to see so many people participate in this event."
At Harry Abate Elementary School, Assistant Principal Cynthia Jones was equally enthusiastic.
"It was reassuring to watch the men interact with the staff, each other and their children. Many of them signed up to be volunteers, participate in the parent group and stayed for the reception," she said. "Such a powerful statement and show of support from the men of our educational community! Such an essential piece to the puzzle of successfully educating our students!"
At Hyde Park Elementary, more tahn 60 men took part, according to Assistant Principal Gerry Orfano.
"Hyde Park Elementary School appreciated the Million Father March highlighting the important men in our student's lives. We had more than 60 fathers and grandfathers bring their children to school today. They were greeted by City Councilman Charles Walker and men from our PEG. YNN reporter and NFHS graduate Meg Rossman interviewed our Principal, Ms. Sheila Smith and several fathers and grandfathers."
The Niagara Falls City School District was joined by Family & Children’s Services of Niagara, the Boys & Girls Club, the City of Niagara Falls, Focus on Families, the Health Association of Niagara County Inc. (HANCI), the Niagara Falls Fire Department, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, the Niagara Falls Police Department, the Niagara Ministerial Council, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and members of the business community in participating in the Million Father March.