Fathers Making a Difference in Education: Million Father March 2017

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Harding is registered to participate this year in the Million Father March 2017 on the first day of school.  We will be taking our first ‘STEP’ together this year.  Fathers/Grandfathers/Uncles/Older Brothers bring your student the first day of school – August 23rd.


The Black Star Project is thrilled to sponsor the 2017 Million Father March on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities across America in August and September of 2017.  Our aim is to inspire fathers, families and communities to more effectively engage in their children’s education.  One million fathers are expected to participate this year.  Since the inception of the Million Father March 13 years ago, first-day attendance and parental engagement in some districts has risen dramatically.

When fathers and men are engaged with their children’s schooling, students show improved learning outcomes and demonstrate better behavior.  Teachers can partner with parents to produce even better results in their classrooms. Students, schools and communities benefit immeasurably when children feel protected, supported and loved by fathers and father figures.

Participants in the 2017 Million Father March include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, male caregivers, mentors and family friends.  On the first day of school:

  • Fathers are asked to accompany their children to school.
  • Fathers are asked to register to volunteer 10 hours per year at the school.
  • Fathers are asked to commit to reading to young children at home for 15 to 30 minutes each week, and listening to older children read to them for 30 minutes each week.
  • Elected officials are invited to visit schools to help them understand how to make better public policy and inspire them to fight for adequate funding.
  • Faith leaders are asked to adopt schools and to get their parishioners to volunteer at the schools.
  • Managers and business leaders are asked to give fathers and other men at least two morning hours off work, with pay, to take their children to school on the first day.


Your students will be inspired seeing fathers and other men at their school on the first day. Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives do better in school (earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college). Additionally, children whose fathers listen to and talk with them regularly, and are active in their lives, have fewer behavior problems.