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Video+Story: Strong Fathers Program has Great Turn Out at Logan Elementary

Nearly 200 Logan Elementary dads — and a few moms, too — spent Friday morning learning how fathers are an important component of the education process.

The “Bring Your Father to School Day” event is part of the EPISD Family Engagement Strong Fathers program aimed at engaging dads and other male figures in our schools.

“This event really demonstrates that we are a team, as a school, as a family, invested in the students’ education,” principal Sharon Aziz said. “We are so happy to welcome all the dads and give them a glimpse into what their children are learning and doing at school.”

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Bertolami was delighted to take some time off of work to spend the day with his son Kriztyan.

“I was absolutely excited to come here and be part of his day at school,” Bertolami said. “It’s an exciting opportunity to see what goes on in the classes and how he does in school. He does really well, but it’s great being able to see it first hand.”

The second-grader enjoyed the extra time with his dad at school.

“It feels great,” Kriztyan said. “I’m happy that my dad is here today.”

First-grade student Krystal Sosh took the time to read a book to her dad and share with him what she enjoys about Logan Elementary.

“I’m reading him a book about baby birds,” Krystal said. “My favorite part about school is that you can learn. I am happy he is here. I can show him all the things I do.”

The Strong Fathers program is launching at 15 elementary schools, and will expand to include the remaining elementary, middle and high schools. The program has drawn good participation so far, most recently at Clendenin and Hillside elementary schools, where each school drew more than 100 participants.

“The turn out has been really awesome,” Family Engagement coordinator Angie Ramirez said. “We really want to get dads more involved in their children’s education. Their participation has a big impact on the students’ social and academic performance.”

For siblings Avery and Araia Morant, the day was extra special. Their dad has been in Kuwait since June, but that didn’t stop him from participating thanks to mom Chelie Morant. She facetimes the day’s activities for dad to see.

“He smiled right away. He was really excited. I know it’s hard for him not to be able to be part of the class,” Morant said. “Logan Elementary made sure they made all the parents feel welcome. It felt really special. It was a nice thing to do.”

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