Aug 8, 2011 9:59 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe City schools are challenging each other to get the most fathers at school on Aug. 15 - the first day of classes.
The News-Star reports it's part of the Million Father March 2012, sponsored by The Black Star Project in more than 600 cities nationwide.
School board member Verbon Muhammad says, "We're just absent in schools." He says the system wants to get more men into schools as positive role models.
Men and women of all ethnicities are encouraged to take their children to school on the first day and to be present intermittently throughout the school year.
Parental involvement coordinator Nydia Walker-Sims asks that men who bring children to the first day of school register in the school's office so that the district can gauge participation.