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200 Dads, Father Figures Attend Bond Elementary’s ‘Take Your Dad to School’ Day

Nearly 200 fathers and father figures swapped their offices for the classroom to engage their children and participate in the Take Your Dad to School event at Bond Elementary School.

The event is part of the districtwide Strong Fathers Initiative to encourage more male role models to participate in their child’s education.

“Studies show that when fathers are involved their children are more apt to do better in math and to do better socially,” said Erica Martinez, parent engagement leader at Bond. “It’s really important that the father figures are part of the child’s life.”

Typically, moms are more apt to participate in school activities and get involved at their child’s campus so the Strong Fathers initiative actively seeks out fathers to make them feel more comfortable at the campus and offer information on they can help their child become more successful academically. The school will be offering other evening Strong Father-themed events to boost math and reading skills.

The morning started with a kid-and-dads breakfast and then fathers proceeded to their child’s classrooms before returning to the cafeteria for a Strong Fathers presentation.

“The fathers are going into the classrooms and observing what their child is learning and maybe what kind of things he could take back home and work on with the child,” Martinez said.

Teachers also gave the dads projects to work on with their children.

“This gives dads a sense of connection with their child because they know what they are doing in the classroom and at the same time they are engaged with them,” said kindergarten teacher Lisa Lee. “I set up different centers so the dads are interacting with their child and building stuff in the classroom. They’re really connecting with their kids.”

Kindergartener Alina Burciaga took her dad Noel Burciaga to school. The two bonded over making a “Packers Station” out of popsicle sticks and clothespins to honor their favorite NFL team.

“It’s a good opportunity to see what she’s doing in school,” said Burciaga, whose job takes him away from home for half the year. “These little things mean a lot to both of us.”

When asked her thoughts on bringing dad to school, little Alina’s face lit up, flashing bright smile. She turned to her dad, giving him a tight squeeze.

“I like it very much,” she said, still clinging to his arm.

Dad Roman Marquez split his time with daughters Paisley, a kindergartener, and first-grader Tinsley.

He and Paisley worked together to build a catapult with a spoon, rubber bands and pompoms. Once Paisley got it, the pink pompom flew across the desk.  Success!

“I love this,” Marquez said. “I like being involved in their education and letting them know I’m here for them.”

Story by Reneé de Santos / Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Bond Elementary Students Embrace Reading with a New Book

Bond Elementary’s computer lab turned into a giant book fair with students carefully walking through to select a free paperback or hardback of their choice.

Molina Healthcare and the El Paso American Federation of Teachers donated more than 2,500 books to the Westside elementary for its annual book giveaway. Librarian Rosanna Alvarado picked up the books over the summer, sorting all the titles into neat stacks for students to browse through.

“Today, we are making sure every student at Mitzi Bond Elementary gets a book,” Alvarado said. “Every year, we give away free books at our campus every year, whether it’s through donations from the PTA, the Federation or campus funds. We have a commitment to give students a book of their own to take home with them.”

Alvarado hopes the annual book giveaway inspires her students to embrace reading and become lifelong readers.

“Reading carries through all subjects, including math and science, so it’s really important for the students to immerse themselves in books whenever possible,” Alvarado said. “As a struggling reader myself, I firmly believe once you have a love for reading everything else falls into place, and this provides another avenue for them to grow that love of reading.”

Third-grader Gia Morron doesn’t need nudging to read. The self-proclaimed bookworm’s only issue was picking just one book. She had to weigh her options between “Malificent” and “Cinderella.”

“I think this is amazing because I love books,” Gia said. “I like to read short chapter books and also big chapter books.”

She is currently reading “Hank the Cowdog” – a childhood favorite of her dad.

“It’s important to read because it’s super-duper fun,” Gia said. “It’s also my favorite way to fall asleep. I always read in bed.”

Fellow classmate Gael Sosa checked out a few Spiderman titles before settling on a “Guardians of the Galaxy” book.

“It’s cool we get a free book. I like reading books with a lot of action,” Gael said. “I think it’s important to read so you can be a good reader when you’re older.”

Gael just finished reading a book about the Titanic.

“I learned about how it sank, and how it broke in the middle of the ocean,” Gael said.

Third-grade student Behya Gamon loves reading to her 5-year-old brother Jessie.

“I love to read. I like chapter books – Junie B. Jones and ‘Babymouse,’” Behya said. “My brother likes Mickey Mouse books.”

The free books also will be available during the school’s open house on Sept. 6.

“I want the parents to be able to pick out a book with their child,” Alvarado said. “It’s a great way to learn and bond. We want them to share that love of reading together.”


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