V.I. Fathers March/ Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day/ Back to School Days of Prayer

V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Emile Griffith Park. This is all in preparation for the V.I. Fathers March when fathers and father figures will take their children back to school on the first day.
Everything will be free at the Fun Day including school uniforms, back packs and school supplies, fun, games, prizes, food and T-shirts. Fathers are asked to take the pledge to the V.I. Fathers March on the first day of school, Sept. 6.
Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives. A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to creating a strong family structure. Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed and self-assured. Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities.
Participants in the event include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family. Although this event is created by Black men, women and men of all ethnicities are also encouraged to take their children to school on their first day. Businesses are asked to give fathers and male caregivers two hours off that morning (with pay) to take their children to school. Participating men will also be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year. Therefore, the V.I. Fathers March will take place on the first day of school, which is Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The day is supported by VI Mother Against Guns/Jason Carrol Memorial Fund, V.I. Department of Human Services, My Brothers Workshop, LADIES, Sankofa Saturdays, Parents Matter, Fathers as Role Models, and the VIPD Crime Prevention Bureau.
For more information, visit http://www.vimothersaganistguns.org or call 775-9337.
The Back to School Days of Prayer will be held in churches all over the Virgin Islands on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4. These Days of Prayer will be days when pastors pray for the returning children, parents, teachers and administrators.
Gov. Mapp has issued a proclamation concerning the V.I. Fathers March and the Back to School Days of Prayer.

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