Dads Walk Your Child to School Day aims to promote fathers and male caregivers having an active role in a child’s life, education, health, and well being. The school-organized events take place in September and could include dads walking their children to school, helping with homework, playing sports together, and volunteering. These events aim to connect fathers and male caregivers with their child’s school in hopes of promoting future involvement. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) publishes a guide to help schools organize events for their community.
According to the DCF, more than 40 schools participated this year across New Jersey, including nine schools in New Brunswick. On September 19th, more than 400 dads and father figures from three schools and six pre-schools walked their children to school in the event organized by the New Brunswick Fatherhood Council and the New Brunswick Board of Education. Middlesex County’s Transportation Management Association, Keep Middlesex Moving, and the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center also partner on the event. Check out the video about the event below!
To set up your own event, whether it be a dads walk your child to school day or a general walk or bike to school to day, contact your Safe Route to School regional coordinator! These kinds of events can encourage parents, and especially fathers, to be involved in a child’s education. They can also promote walking to school as a precious form of family time, along with being a healthy option that can set a precedent for walking and other healthy behaviors throughout life.
Photo from The City of New Brunswick. Retrieved from http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/blog/dads-school-days-are-just-beginning/.