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Dads of Caddo Parish Public Schools students are showing their influence as they take their children to school this week. Recognizing the National Dads Take Your Child to School Day initiative, fathers of district students spent time with their children at schools in different ways.

Dads Take Your Children to School Day is a program designed to promote a unique opportunity to capture the attention of fathers and male role models as they show a presence in the academic life of their child. Tuesday was the official National Dads Take Your Child to School Day. More than 200 fathers and male role models attended a special program at Turner Elementary/Middle School in observance of the day. 
To mark the day, participants spent the morning greeting students during the early morning carpool, taking selfies and giving high-fives started each students’ day off with big smiles. During an assembly, Turner students lead the program agenda and spoke on relationships with their dads or father figures.  
Michael Christopher, a seventh grader at Turner, shared his emotional story about his late father. Michael also shared how fortunate he is to have positive father figures including his principal, Dr. Darrell Webb. 
“It feels good to know there are men who are like fathers to me and care about me,” Christopher said.  
Superintendent Dr. T. Lamar Goree gave a charge to all fathers to stay involved in their children’s lives, while other dads provided inspirational talks and stories on fatherhood. 
“Dads Take Your Child to School Day was encouraging to all dads who attended. After seeing other dads at the event today, and sharing their stories about fatherhood, I think my son now sees me as a cool dad,” Kendrick Farris, father to Turner seventh grader Khalil, said. 
Another campus recognizing Dads Take Your Child to School this week is Westwood Elementary. Hosting a Donuts with Dad event on Thursday will offer students an opportunity to eat donuts and drink milk with dads while sharing laughs and making memories. Also planned for the day is an expungement talk led by Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart. After the program, dads will take selfies with their children and walk them back to their classes.
To wrap up the week, on Friday students at Cherokee Park also will share donuts and milk with their dads as their participation in the Dads Take Your Child to School initiative.